Bears fullback Evan Rodriguez ticketed for DUIContinue reading.
Bears sign fullback Tony Fiammetta; release Evan Rodriguez
The Bears’ first mandatory minicamp under coach Marc Trestman begins on-the-field work on Tuesday. And apparently there’s been a change in the backfield.
The Bears signed fullback Tony Fiammetta on Monday, according to his agent Dennis Boyev. The addition of Fiammetta, a four-year veteran, meant the end for fullback Evan Rodriguez. He was waived Monday, ending a short run that garnered more attention for legal problems than on-the-field success.
Rodriguez, a fourth-round pick in 2012, has gotten into trouble with the law twice this offseason. Rodriguez was recently ticketed for driving under the influence, speeding and improper lane usage. He later apologized for the incident, which occurred May 31 on I-90 near Hubbard Street.
It was the second time Rodriguez, who had a history of off-the-field issues in college, got into trouble. Rodriguez was arrested in March for disorderly intoxication and resisting an officer without violence in Miami, but those charges were quickly dropped. He was in Florida working out with receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery.
Bears general manager Phil Emery stated last week that was “extremely” disappointed with Rodriguez, who did issue an apology for his actions.
“Evan is a very likable guy,” Emery said. “We have talked. [I'm] disappointed. I would use the word ‘extremely,’ and we’ll leave it at that.”
Emery later added that, “There’s a lot of things we’ve got work through. All off-the-field incidents are subject to the NFL policies and guidelines, so we’ve got to work through those things.”
Fiammetta, a fourth-round pick in 2009, spent time with the Patriots last season, but didn’t play in a game. He spent two years with Carolina Panthers (2009-10) and one with the Dallas Cowboys.