Drafted by the team in the first round of the 2011 draft, it had been expected that offensive tackle Gabe Carimi would eventually blossom into a major asset for a team in need of offensive line help. However the role that management determined he fit best this season was as trade bait, and as a result Carimi he has been dealt to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by the Chicago Bears.
The Chicago Bear’s offensive line has been abhorrent the last several years. Last year the team allowed 44 sacks, or just shy of three per game, on quarterback Jay Cutler. With the price of quarterbacks eating up a major portion of NFL salary caps these days, a team simply can not afford to see him take too many hits.
Despite joining a terrible offensive line by NFL standards when he was drafted by the Chicago Bears in 2011 out of Wisconsin, was never able to solidify a position for himself.
Having failed to impress in Chicago at both tackle and guard, the Bears decided to move on rather than sit him on the depth chart, and have traded him to Tampa Bay. Although Carimi hasn’t played well in his first two professional seasons, the Buccaneers were able to receive good value in this trade. Giving up a sixth round pick for a man who was a first round choice just two years ago sounds like a no brainer.
Should Carimi rekindle the abilities he displayed during his four year career at Wisconsin, in which he started 49 games, he is still young enough to develop into a book end tackle for the team. At 6’7″ 316 lbs, Carimi has the raw size that teams so desperately seek in young offensive lineman. He had all the desired intangibles coming out of college, and perhaps a change of scenery can bring them out once again.
Tampa Bay’s offensive line coach Bob Bostad has experience working with Carimi, and perhaps had a say in the trade being made. He was the offensive line coach at Wisconsin while Carimi was attending the school. This may give him an inside lane towards a starting role on an offensive line that is already significantly better than the one he is leaving in Chicago as a result of the trade.
Carimi likely won’t play his favorite position of right tackle, as the Buccaneers have signed Demar Dotson, who started 15 games for the team last season, to a four year $6.5 million contract extension this off season. Dotson is another developing talent as he only started playing football his senior season at Southern Miss.
In other Chicago Bears news, the team will not be signing JaMarcus Russell after bringing him in for a tryout last week. The former number one overall pick failed to impress the team enough to warrant a contract offer, and as a result will have to continue his comeback effort with someone else.
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