With the agent for former Dallas and Carolina fullback Tony Fiammetta tweeting that his client has signed with the Bears, the door swung shut for Evan Rodriguez.
“Congratulations to FB Tony Fiammetta on signing with the Chicago Bears #Bears,” agent Dennis Boyez tweeted this morning. The Bears subsequently announced that they also had signed wide receivers Devin Aromashodu and Jerrell Jackson.
Rodriguez was the first Phil Emery draft choice to break into the starting lineup. Selected in the fourth round last year, Rodriguez was the starting fullback on opening day and started five games last season, three at fullback and two at tight end.
But a succession of offseason arrests soured the Bears on him, with apologies and promises to improve behavior ringing particularly hollow after subsequent incidents.
Fiammetta, 6 feet, 248 pounds, was a fourth-round draft choice of the Panthers in 2009. He started a total of 17 games for over two seasons with Carolina and one with Dallas. Fiammetta has caught a total of eight passes in his career.
Aromashodu enjoyed some early success with the Bears in 2009-10, a big (6-2) target for Jay Cutler, catching 34 passes over two seasons abbreviated by nagging injuries early. He went to the Minnesota Vikings for 2011-12.
Jackson, 6 feet, 192 pounds, broke into the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Houston Texans in 2012. He played one game with the Jacksonville Jaguars last season.
The Bears also waived wide receivers Demetrius Fields and Dale Moss.