Buccaneers acquire G/T Gabe Carimi from Bears

Bears give up on 2011 first-round pick, trade Carimi to Buccaneers

6/10/13 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Blog Photo - Buccaneers acquire G/T Gabe Carimi from BearsWith the 29th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears selected offensive tackle Gabe Carimi out of Wisconsin. ESPN's Mel Kiper called Carimi "a great value that late in Round 1," but through his first two professional seasons, Carimi has failed to establish himself as a starting-caliber offensive lineman.

Drafted to play tackle, Carimi was benched in favor of Jonathan Scott last November. New head coach Marc Trestman felt that Carimi was better suited to play guard, and that's where the Bears were prepared to use him in the future. However, there was heavy speculation that the Bears would release Carimi, as he was not expected to even compete for a starting job. Bears general manager Phil Emery was not the GM who drafted Carimi, so he felt no allegiance to the draft bust.

The Buccaneers have one of the better offensive lines in the NFL, but they apparently saw some value in Carimi. They made a low-risk deal with the Bears by sending them a sixth-round pick in return for Carimi, who will now compete for a roster spot in Tampa Bay. Carimi is versatile in that he can play right tackle or either guard spot, so he could be of value to the Bucs as a reserve lineman. That being said, Carimi graded out as one of the worst offensive tackles in the league last season, so the Bucs may be best served using him strictly as an interior offensive lineman.
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