Per Brad Biggs of the Sun Times:
Opportunities ran out for Evan Rodriguez as #Bears made decision to replace him. Tribune report trib.in/13u87Vw— Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) June 10, 2013
The Bears cut ties with Evan Rodriguez after a disappointing offseason regarding Rodriguez's personal choices. Arrested twice in the last three months, the most recent run-in involved a citation for driving under the influence, amongst other charges.
Rodriguez played in 12 games year, starting in just under half, and had just four catches for 21 yards.
But with every cut, comes an opportunity, and that is exactly what is happening for FB Tony Fiametta. Per his agent:
Congratulations to FB Tony Fiammetta on signing with the Chicago Bears #Bears— Dennis Boyev (@DennisBoyev) June 10, 2013
Fiammetta is a free agent fullback who was amongst a group of tryouts at Halas all last week. Drafted in the fourth round of the 2009 draft by the Panthers, he played two seasons there, before playing with the Cowboys in 2011.
In 2012, he signed with the Patriots, but was placed on the left squad list to take care of a family issue. He was reactivated and released by the Patriots earlier this offseason. With nothing statistically impressive in FIammetta's career (not uncommon at the fullback position), the 26 year old out of Syracuse must have made a solid impression on the coaching staff late last week.