Miami Dolphins: Looking to Upgrade with Evan Rodriguez and Vonta Leach

Richard SantamariaCorrespondent IIJune 12, 2013

BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 14: Full back Vonta Leach #44 of the Baltimore Ravens leaps over cornerback Morris Claiborne #24 of the Dallas Cowboys before being hit out of bounds in the fourth quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on October 14, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Baltimore Ravens won, 31-29. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, the Miami Dolphins have claimed H-back Evan Rodriguez from waivers, and Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun reports they will host recently released fullback Vonta Leach on Wednesday.

Rodriguez was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL draft.  The Temple standout would have been drafted higher if not for off-field issues.  According to Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago, Rodriguez was charged with misdemeanor counts of disturbance and trespassing in 2007 and arrested for disorderly conduct in 2009.

Last year, the 6'2", 239-pound H-back played in 12 games and caught four passes for 21 yards.

The Bears gave up on Rodriguez after two incidents this offseason.  In March of this year, Rodriguez was arrested in Miami Beach for disorderly intoxication and resisting an officer without violence.  The ex-Bear was a passenger in a vehicle that was involved in a traffic accident and then interfered with the responding officers.  These charges were later dropped.

In late May, Rodriguez was charged with a DUI in Illinois.  Less than two weeks later, he was released by Chicago.

Someone in the Dolphins' organization really likes Rodriguez as, despite his issues, he will receive a chance to compete for a roster spot.  Tight ends Charles Clay and Michael Egnew are now under more pressure.

Another player who may be under the gun is fullback Jorvorskie Lane, as the Dolphins will host three-time Pro Bowler Vonta Leach on Wednesday. Leach was released by the Baltimore Ravens after they were unable to convince Leach to restructure his contract.

Leach played under Mike Sherman with the Green Bay Packers and Houston Texans and is a renowned lead-blocker who can become Lamar Miller's best friend.

Jeff Ireland has shown that he is committed to improving a team that went 7-9 last year and is taking every opportunity that presents itself.