The Chicago Sun-Times, is reporting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have traded for former Wisconsin and Chicago Bear 2011 first-round selection (29th overall) T Gabe Carimi. The move effectively addresses, on paper, depth concerns on the offensive line for the Bucs. Adam Schefter of ESPN, via his Twitter feed is reporting the Bucs will send a sixth-round pick in 2014 to the Bears pending Carimi passing a physical. Carimi is reportedly en-route to Tampa to be checked out by the team’s medical staff.
The hope is that reuniting a healthy Garimi who has choose to train on his own with LeCharles Bentley, a two-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman, in Arizona and not attend the Bears’ organized team activities with his former college position coach, Bob Bostad, who did a phenomenal job of getting the most out of a patchwork Bucs offensive line in 2012, that was seemingly in constant flux shuffling players to plug holes due to injuries will get a once promising prospects career that was derailed by injuries on track.
According to the Sun-Times, Carimi who attended the Bears’ voluntary minicamp in April stated his main goal this offseason was getting healthy and back to 100 percent. Garimi who dislocated his right knee cap in Week 2 of the 2011 regular season, during his rookie year has required several surgeries to repair the damage. He has started 14 of the 16 games he has played in. 1 as a rookie and 10 games at right tackle and three at right guard last season.
Based on grading on a play-by-play basis, in 2012, Pro Football Focus ranked Carimi 73rd among 80 qualifying offensive tackles, and 78th in pass protection. Carimi had a statistical grade of plus 10 overall for his run blocking prowess.