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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Trade For Chicago Bears Offensive Lineman Gabe Carimi, How Does He Fit In?

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are not done with the 2013 roster yet, and that was made evident on Sunday when they reportedly agreed to a deal to bring in Gabe Carimi, an offensive lineman who was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the first round in 2011. The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that Carimi is on his way to Tampa to meet with team officials and likely to take a physical. Adam Schefter reports that the compensation for the Bears is a sixth round pick.


Carimi was a highly touted rookie coming out of Wisconsin in 2011, having won the Outland Trophy during his time with the Badgers, awarding him for being the best interior lineman in college football. He would play right tackle and right guard during his time in Chicago, but missed a good chunk of his rookie season thanks to a knee injury. When he returned to the lineup, he was inconsistent in pass blocking, allowing Jay Cutler to hit the turf several times in 2012.

He was also the center of some controversy, as he was planning on training away from the Bears’ organization this offseason, which may have been the spark that set off trade negotiations. His injury history and his falling out with the Bears means he became expendable, and the Buccaneers sought his versatility on the offensive line and were able to work out a deal to acquire him at a very affordable price.

So how does Carimi fit with the Buccaneers? He’s likely to push Demar Dotson for his job at right tackle, or provide depth on the right side of the line behind Davin Joseph and Dotson. Carimi was not fully healthy in 2012, so it’s unfair to deem him a total bust after just one season coming off a major knee injury. But he has a lot to prove, and clearly the Buccaneers believe he’s got some talent waiting to be discovered. In particular, his college offensive line coach, Bob Bostad, will try to reclaim the Gabe Carimi he knew during his time in Madison, and bring out the star offensive lineman he coached at Camp Randall.

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