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Chicago To Cut Ties With Evan Rodriguez

By Nate Woelfel



CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 02: Evan Rodriguez #48 of the Chicago Bears runs onto the field during player introductions before a game against the Seattle Seahawks at Soldier Field on December 2, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 02: Evan Rodriguez #48 of the Chicago Bears runs onto the field during player introductions before a game against the Seattle Seahawks at Soldier Field on December 2, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The Chicago Tribune reports that the Chicago Bears will release fullback Evan Rodriguez.

It is unclear how much off-the-field issues played into the release, but the second-year man out of Temple University was arrested twice during the offseason. His first arrest came back in March when he was charged with disorderly intoxication. Those charges were, eventually, dropped.

Then, in May, he was apprehended for driving under the influence. According to reports, his blood-alcohol level was 0.17.

Following his second arrest, Rodriguez issued a public apology, only to be seen in a Chicago nightclub not even two days later.

A fourth-round selection of Chicago in the 2012 Draft, Rodriguez appeared in 12 games during his rookie season. He collected four receptions for 21 yards.

The Tribune is also reporting that the Bears have filled the void by signing fullback Tony Fiammetta, who last saw regular season action as a member of the Cowboys in 2011.