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Bears expect OL Gabe Carimi to show up for mandatory minicamp

6/8/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

Chicago Bears offensive lineman Gabe Carimi didn’t show up for the team’s OTA sessions, but the team appeared onboard with the player handling individual practices elsewhere for the time being. However, with the voluntary part of the offseason workout program out of the way, things could play out very differently for Gabe Carimi if he carries out his absence similarly, further into the offseason. The Chicago Bears start mandatory minicamp next week and Gabe Carimi could be up for a fine if hefty fine if he misses those practice sessions.
 
The Chicago Bears’ 2011 first-round pick Gabe Carimi’s roster spot isn’t secure with the Chicago Bears this offseason.  The Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman indicated in April that Gabe Carimi’s future may lie at the guard spot. But the team has made several moves this offseason, adding depth at guard, including drafting Kyle Long in the 2013 NFL draft. The Chicago Bears also signed veteran guards Matt Slauson and Eben Britton during free agency, with second-year guard James Brown and veteran guard/ center Edwin Williams already on the roster. Fifth-round pick Jordan Mills is expected to play at right tackle, but the Chicago Bears believe he could one day plat a role at guard too.
 
Perhaps realizing that, Gabe Carimi stayed away from the second phase of the team’s offseason program, in hopes that it will provide some form of clarity of his status with the team. However, Gabe Carimi did attend the Chicago Bears’ three-day voluntary minicamp in mid-March. And now Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery believes Gabe Carimi will be return for the mandatory minicamp next week.
 
"That'll be up to Gabe. You may want to ask him that. I'm assuming that he will be,” said Phil Emery. “Certainly he wants to play and wants to play well, and I think that's why he's approached his training that way. Those are questions only Gabe can answer." 
 
Gabe Carimi has two years left on his rookie deal that guaranteed a base salary in the second and third year of the contract. The 24-year-old Gabe Carimi is set to make $1,016,458 in the 2013 season. Phil Emery said the team will welcome Gabe Carimi with “open arms” when he shows up at mandatory minicamp.
 
“We’ve talked to Gabe and the individual who’s training him. So yes, we’re talking to him,” said Phil Emery. “We’d like all our players to be here, but Gabe made a decision that was best for Gabe so every individual player has to make those decisions.”
 
“(OTAs are) voluntary, and we’re going to respect that and we’re going to respect Gabe in his decisions.”
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