After an off-season that saw two arrests for fullback Evan Rodriguez, the Chicago Bears announced on Monday that the team has released Rodriguez.
Rodriguez was first arrested in March for resisting an officer and disorderly intoxication. On May 31, Rodriguez was arrested once more after driving under the influence, speeding, and performing an improper lane change.
Rodriguez did figure to play a role in the Chicago Bears’ offense. The expectation was that the second-year player would perform in a hybrid role that saw Rodriguez play as a blocking fullback in addition to a pass catching tight end.
During his rookie season with the Bears in 2012, Rodriguez appeared in 12 games while making four receptions for a total of 21 yards.
This has been a disappointing weekend for former Bears’ draft picks. 2011 first round draft pick Gabe Carimi was traded on Sunday. Rodriguez was drafted by the Bears in the fourth round of the 2012 draft.
The fullback position is a position that was not used often on the Bears’ offense. However, that position figured to see increased participation in the team’s offense this upcoming season. The player that may be replacing Rodriguez as the team’s primary fullback is former New England Patriots‘ fullback Tony Fiammetta.