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Dolphins claim fullback Evan Rodriguez
Fullback Evan Rodriguez landed with a new team on Tuesday. A day after the Bears waived Rodriguez after some disappointing run-ins with the law, he was claimed by the Miami Dolphins.
The Bears cut Rodriguez, a fourth-round pick in 2012, loose almost two weeks after he was ticketed for driving under the influence, speeding and improper lane usage on I-90 near Hubbard Street.
Rodriguez was also arrested in March for disorderly intoxication and resisting an officer without violence in Miami, but those charges were quickly dropped.
Bears coach Marc Trestman was asked Tuesday if Rodriguez would still be with the Bears if he didn’t get in trouble.
“It’s all about what’s best for our football team on multiple levels,” Trestman said. “We feel we’ve made very good decisions moving in the direction of a fullback who could give us more on special teams and give us a little more flexibility with some of the things that we’re going to be doing.”
That fullback they added is Tony Fiammetta, who brings a different skillset to the Bears’ backfield than Rodriguez. The Bears also have fullback Willie Carter, an undrafted free agent, in minicamp on a tryout basis.
Rodriguez was expected to be used as an H-back in Trestman’s offense. Now look for tight end Kyle Adams (who took snaps last season at fullback) to get more opportunities.
Rodriguez also had hoped to see more snaps at tight end, but the additions of Martellus Bennett, Steve Maneri and Fendi Onobun didn’t warrant that.