Bears trade:offensive lineman Gabe Carimi to Buccaneers, The Chicago Bears have sent offensive tackle Gabe Carimi to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a sixth-round draft choice in 2014.
The Chicago Sun-Times' Adam L. Jahns first reported the news, based on information from two sources. Next came this tweet from Fox Sports' Peter Schrager, confirming the trade sending Carimi to the Bucs.
Carimi was drafted by the Bears with the 29th overall selection in the 2011 NFL draft. It seemed like a great pairing at the time, as the Bears had been in dire need of help along the offensive line. That was especially true at right tackle, which is where Carimi projected to be a starter for years to come.
However, the Wisconsin product has battled injuries during his short time in the NFL. Carimi dislocated his right knee cap in the second week of his rookie season, and has needed multiple surgeries since.
Carimi made 13 starts last year for Chicago despite his health issues. Ten of those came at right tackle and another three at right guard.
The soon-to-be 25-year-old has never looked like the dominant right tackle most expected him to be coming out of college. He has yet to regain his burst and can struggle handling edge pass-rushers. Those liabilities are less of a concern at guard, however.
As Jahns also notes, Carimi had not been spending a lot of time with his team this offseason. He skipped OTAs and instead opted to train on his own. There is no indication that this played into the team's reported decision to move him, but logic only dictates that it did.
However, what is likely far more at the root of this issue is Carimi's lack of development, as the Bears continue to make strides to reshape their offensive line under new head coach Marc Trestman.