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Miami Dolphins release Evan Rodriguez, sign Tyler Clutts

 
 
Defensive back Jakar Hamilton #43 of the Dallas Cowboys tries to tackle fullback Evan Rodriguez #48 of the Miami Dolphins during the third  quarter at Fawcett Stadium on August 4, 2013, in Canton, Ohio.
Defensive back Jakar Hamilton #43 of the Dallas Cowboys tries to tackle fullback Evan Rodriguez #48 of the Miami Dolphins during the third quarter at Fawcett Stadium on August 4, 2013, in Canton, Ohio.
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The Dolphins released one fullback and added another Sunday.

In a move that suggested the team is still tinkering with its offense entering the first week of the regular season, the Dolphins released hybrid fullback Evan Rodriguez and claimed traditional fullback Tyler Clutts off waivers.

The team announced the moves via Twitter a few hours after Rodriguez broke the news on the social media platform.

“It’s just the nature of the business,” Rodriguez wrote on Twitter. “Thank you family and fans for the love and support! God always has a plan!”

Rodriguez added, “time to find a new home!”

The Dolphins claimed Rodriguez off waivers this summer from the Chicago Bears and the tight end/fullback outlasted Miami’s 2012 starter at fullback, Jorvorskie Lane, in training camp. Nonetheless, Rodriguez was cut to make room for Clutts one day after making Miami’s 53-man roster.

Coincidentally, Clutts is a former Bears fullback as well. Most recently, Clutts went through training camp with the Texans before being placed on waivers Sunday.

A defensive end in college, Clutts played in the Canadian Football League, Arena Football League and United Football League before breaking into the NFL with the Cleveland Browns. He started eight games for Bears in 2011.

• In other news, division rival New England claimed defensive tackle A.J. Francis off waivers Sunday. The Dolphins released Francis on Saturday and were apparently planning on adding him to their practice squad. The Patriots added Francis to their active 53-man roster.

“I was literally on my way to special teams meetings when Mr. [ Jeff] Ireland stopped me and told me I was claimed by the Patriots ... still shocked,” Francis wrote on Twitter.

Francis later clarified that he was actually on his way to the vending machine inside the Dolphins’ headquarters.

• The Dolphins were set to add wide receiver Brian Tyms to their practice squad after he clears waivers.

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