After it was reported over the weekend that Chicago Bears fullback/tight end Evan Rodriguez had been charged for DUI, speeding and making an improper lane change, it seemed only a matter of time before the organization cut ties with their 2012 fourth-round draft pick, given that it was his second arrest of the offseason.
Rodriguez provides plenty of versatility but had yet to prove much at the NFL level, notching only four catches during his rookie year while only playing a majority of his team’s snaps in one game last year. The additions of running back Michael Bush and tight end Martellus Bennett the past couple offseason also seemed to further devalue the need of heavily incorporating an H-back type mold in the offense.
Yet, whether it comes down to offensive-minded Coach Marc Trestman cooking up a role for Rodriguez, the franchise’s belief in third chances or a combination of the two and more, Chicago had Rodriguez release a statement of apology while the organization moves forward with their player. Whether or not more punishment comes his way, it would be nice to see Rodriguez turning things around to hit the straight and narrow while the Bears provide services to guide him.
“I am deeply sorry for the incident that occurred the other night,” Rodriguez said in a statement. “I want to apologize to the entire Bears organization, my teammates, coaches and Bears fans everywhere. I realize that I made a very poor decision. I know that more is expected of me and that I let a lot of people down that are counting on me. I will make positive changes in my life so that this doesn’t happen again.”