Evan Rodriguez arrested for DUI

Updated: May 31, 2013, 4:55 PM ET
By Michael C. Wright | ESPNChicago.com

Chicago Bears tight end Evan Rodriguez was arrested Friday for the second time this offseason after a traffic incident in which he was charged with driving under the influence, in addition to speeding and improper lane change, according to Illinois State Police.

Police pulled over Rodriguez on I-90 at Hubbard at approximately 3:30 a.m. Friday.

"We are aware of the reports regarding Evan Rodriguez," the Bears said in a statement. "We are currently gathering information to learn more about the circumstances surrounding the situation."

The latest incident likely puts Rodriguez's status with the team in jeopardy, considering he was arrested in Miami Beach, Fla., on March 21 for resisting an officer without violence and disorderly intoxication after a car in which he was a passenger was involved in a traffic incident.

Prosecutors eventually dropped those charges, but general manager Phil Emery expressed disappointment about the March incident, and made it clear the tight end "was re-educated on my expectations," when the team began offseason work.

A fourth-round pick in 2012 out of Temple, Rodriguez played 12 games as a rookie and started five, contributing four catches for 21 yards. During voluntary minicamp and organized team activities, the Bears worked Rodriguez at the fullback position, but he figures to play somewhat of a hybrid role as a blocker out of the backfield and as a "F" tight end.

Michael C. Wright

ESPN Chicago Bears reporter