Friday, May 31, 2013
End of the line for Bears' Evan Rodriguez?
By Kevin Seifert
It's fair to wonder whether the Chicago Bears will part ways with tight end/fullback Evan Rodriguez amid reports of his second arrest this offseason, this time for driving under the influence early Friday morning.
As Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com notes, the Illinois State Police also charged Rodriguez with speeding and improper lane change. According to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, Rodriguez's blood-alcohol content was measured at 0.17.
Charges were ultimately dropped after a March arrest for resisting an officer without violence and disorderly intoxication, but Bears general manager Phil Emery said he was still disappointed with the arrest and that he had "re-educated" Rodriguez on expectations for Bears players.
As far as I'm concerned, finding trouble two months after a dressing-down from the general manager is asking to get fired. It almost certainly will bring some level of discipline from the NFL, which reserves the right to punish for incidents even if charges are dismissed.
The Bears invested a fourth-round draft pick in Rodriguez last season despite a number of off-field incidents in college. He is a good blocker and has potential as a receiver. The team issued a statement saying it was still gathering information on the latest incident, but how many chances will a backup tight end/blocking fullback get? We'll soon find out.