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Carimi will battle for playing time on right side of Tampa line

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Demar Dotson recently said he aspires to be the best right tackle in the league.  To get there, he’ll first have to fend off Gabe Carimi for playing time.

Per a source with knowledge of the team’s plans, the Buccaneers plan to let Carimi, a 2011 first-rounder acquired from the Bears for a sixth-round pick in 2014, battle for playing time on the right side of the line.

At right guard, Pro Bowler Davin Joseph is returning from a torn patellar tendon suffered in the 2012 preseason.

While Carimi faces long odds to crack the starting lineup, his presence gives the Bucs added depth on the offensive line, which is very hard to come by at the NFL level.

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19 Responses to “Carimi will battle for playing time on right side of Tampa line”
  1. meandjuliojonesdownbytheschoolyard says: Jun 9, 2013 9:12 PM

    Good depth pickup. Pretty big draft bust though.

  2. gotampabay52 says: Jun 9, 2013 9:16 PM

    This works out sweet

  3. blackhawks2010 says: Jun 9, 2013 9:19 PM

    Cabrini will battle for a spot on practice squad.

  4. brasho says: Jun 9, 2013 9:37 PM

    Surprisingly, nobody has mentioned Carimi will be reunited with his college O-line coach, Bob Bostaad.

  5. nightofthehipple says: Jun 9, 2013 9:47 PM

    A sixth round pick? Sounds like the Bucs got a deal to me.

  6. qbofthenever says: Jun 9, 2013 10:13 PM

    It’s not a deal to give up a 6th for a guy who was going to be cut

  7. hotketchup99 says: Jun 9, 2013 10:14 PM

    I had a feeling the Bears were going to release him anyways because we have Britton, Long, Slauson, and Williams at Guard and, Scott, Webb, Bushrod, and Mills at Tackle. He just didnt have a spot in the Bears lineup.
    I wish him the best of luck in Tampa and hope he can turn him career around.

  8. earpaniac says: Jun 9, 2013 10:22 PM

    Before the injury, he looked like a pretty good pick. If he’s fully recovered, I think Tampa, you got a good player.

  9. caryw30 says: Jun 9, 2013 10:36 PM

    For that price the Cowboys should have traded for him and had him battle it out with Doug Free.

  10. officialgame says: Jun 9, 2013 10:37 PM

    Nothing like getting back value for a 1st round pick.

  11. metalhead65 says: Jun 9, 2013 11:22 PM

    another example of why the bears never had a NFL caliber offense during the angelo/lovie years. even when did actually spend a pick for offensive line help he picks a bust. big difference between beating up the little sisters of the poor in the big 10 than playing with the big boys in the NFL.if he could not play for the pathetic excuse of a line with the bears then he is a bust.

  12. thememyselfandiguy says: Jun 9, 2013 11:46 PM

    the 2 pro bowlers on the bucs oline will teach him. no problem. whata steal. i smell superbowl for the bucs one of the next 3 years.

  13. petedutcherjr says: Jun 9, 2013 11:54 PM

    Or he could have been a bust because of coaching and injury.

  14. coryfor3 says: Jun 10, 2013 12:41 AM

    He won’t be battling hard.

  15. ppc50 says: Jun 10, 2013 12:51 AM

    I agree 100% Caryw, a sixth rounder would have been a good value trade by Dallas. Free better step it up this year.

  16. chillmodedlb says: Jun 10, 2013 7:26 AM

    Aldon Smith just circled the December 15th game against the Bucs on his calendar.

  17. coryfor3 says: Jun 10, 2013 8:07 AM

    The trade says a lot about both teams

  18. pb420 says: Jun 10, 2013 4:02 PM

    I feel sorry for Bears fans that this guy was a bust under a suspect GM. That said I hope that he can turn it around. We could use the depth in Tampa and it sounds as if Chicago has that already and might pickup compensation with the 6th rounder. Good luck to both parties going forward.

  19. mialto says: Jun 10, 2013 5:53 PM

    I’m Bears fan first, Bucs fan second, Carimi still in the family. Good luck brother, hope you turn into a Pro-bowl caliber player!

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