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Falcons add ex-Buccaneers offensive lineman Gabe Carimi

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The Falcons have signed a 2011 first-round pick with an eye on bolstering their offensive line.

The club announced the signing of former Buccaneers and Bears tackle/guard Gabe Carimi on Monday. PFT also confirmed the addition of Carimi.

The Buccaneers released the 25-year-old Carimi on February 10.

A Wisconsin product, Carimi (6-7, 316) was the Bears’ No. 1 pick three years ago. He will work again with Mike Tice, who is now the Falcons’ offensive line coach after serving as Chicago’s line coach and offensive coordinator in Carimi’s first two pro seasons (2011-2012). The Bears traded Carimi to Tampa Bay last June.

Carimi played in 14 games for the Buccaneers in 2013, starting two games at left guard and one game as a tight end. The previous season, he started 11 games at right tackle and three games at right guard for Chicago.

Carimi’s Wisconsin teammate, Peter Konz, is a center/guard for Atlanta. Falcons fullback Bradie Ewing also played with Carimi at Wisconsin.

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27 Responses to “Falcons add ex-Buccaneers offensive lineman Gabe Carimi”
  1. plum13sec says: Feb 17, 2014 5:26 PM

    Process of washing out

  2. jakec4 says: Feb 17, 2014 5:28 PM

    I thought the idea was to keep Matt Ryan OFF his back.

  3. thevikesarebest says: Feb 17, 2014 5:31 PM

    The VI KINGS ARE THE FRANCHISE THAT KIDS WANT TO GROW UP AND PLAY FOR.#MODELFRANCHISE#CANUDIGITBOI

  4. travelingwillies says: Feb 17, 2014 5:33 PM

    Not a bad move to have him come in and compete at training camp

  5. illiniftw says: Feb 17, 2014 5:35 PM

    Still pisses me off the a Bears chose the ONE lineman to come out of Wisconsin recently that can’t even make a team as a solid backup. Wonder what went through his head when Lovie became his coach and cut him again lol

  6. alshonbrandontandem says: Feb 17, 2014 5:38 PM

    “You can have him”

    – every Bear fan

  7. meatcarroll says: Feb 17, 2014 5:40 PM

    It’s crazy how Carimi, Konz, and John Moffitt have all been relatively disappointing pros after being such dominant ass kickers in college.

  8. meatcarroll says: Feb 17, 2014 5:40 PM

    It’s crazy how Carimi, Konz, and John Moffitt have all been relatively disappointing pros after being such dominant ass kickers in college.

  9. jwilliamsspf says: Feb 17, 2014 5:45 PM

    Still young. Even Mandarich had a successful career after being named “bust”. So it is worth a shot, I’d say for a team that needs help on the offensive line.

  10. milkmandanimal says: Feb 17, 2014 5:57 PM

    As a Bucs fan, I give this move a big thumbs-up.

  11. wicky888 says: Feb 17, 2014 6:11 PM

    As a Falcon fan, let’s just say the bar is set very low

  12. murraysons says: Feb 17, 2014 6:30 PM

    It’s crazy how meatcarroll always double posts the same thing

  13. mattryansnoodlearm says: Feb 17, 2014 6:45 PM

    Aren’t the Falcons supposed to be improving their line?? Too soon to call this guy a bust??

  14. craniator says: Feb 17, 2014 6:59 PM

    Even Miami , with the mess their OL is in , didn’t want this guy.

  15. mrlaloosh says: Feb 17, 2014 7:19 PM

    Failcants are already planning to have a high draft pick in 2015. Ryan will be in a cast by week 4.

  16. claymatthewshairplugs says: Feb 17, 2014 7:23 PM

    Another in the LONG line of Jerry Angelo draft busts and Bears first round pick busts since Rashaan Salaam. Carimi takes his rightful place up there with such legends as Curtis Enis, David Terrell, Cade McNown, Michael Haynes, Rex Grossman, Marc Columbo and Chris Williams. My God looking at that list I think the only team to strike out more first rounders are the Raiders.

  17. gridassassin says: Feb 17, 2014 7:25 PM

    Carimi was roommates with Tice’s son at Wisconsin. Tice was the driving force behind the drafting of Carimi too.

  18. 4thandlonger says: Feb 17, 2014 8:04 PM

    I think he’s a bust. But Atlanta need all the lineman they can get, of their starting 5 and back ups last year how many are actually NFL standard? 2 or 3? Generally you try to sign starters early and fill in the rest later but as a guy who can try and play OT or OG he might even make it as a backup.

    What I will say about Carimi is even though he was man sized coming out of College (or even HS with some of these kids these days) at just 25 he’s probably just reaching full physical development now. How many other sports the require tremendous strength, power and athleticism see their athletes peak at 25? I’d say weight lifters, heavy weight boxers, rugby players wrestlers all take a while to hit peak.

  19. beckzhere says: Feb 17, 2014 8:41 PM

    He can’t be worse than those clowns Atlanta started last year.
    Wait, can he?

  20. kc114 says: Feb 17, 2014 8:41 PM

    Not a bad pickup if they signed him for the minimum. He’s still young and may still develop.

  21. learysdisciples says: Feb 17, 2014 9:25 PM

    Carimi’s got a lumpy head.

  22. anonymous135 says: Feb 17, 2014 10:26 PM

    Hope this turns out to be a great reclamation project that turns and helps the offense back on track, ie. keep Matty Ice off his back.

  23. kabasaman says: Feb 17, 2014 11:39 PM

    Gotta say this is Carimi’s last chance.

  24. flannlv says: Feb 17, 2014 11:53 PM

    Isn’t Carmini known as “The Big Turnstile”?

  25. earpaniac says: Feb 18, 2014 12:45 AM

    After he got hurt his rookie year, it’s like he never was the same. Before the injury, he wasn’t incredible, but pretty good for a rookie. I, along with a lot of others thought Angelo FINALLY had a 1st rd pick that wasn’t going to be a bust. At least Carimi didn’t look like a complete waste as soon as he stepped on the field like the other Angelo busts. When he came back, he looked completely different. Then he looked like the typical Angelo pick. When a team who desperately needed OL help gives up on you just 2 years after you’re their 1st rd pick, that’s not a great sign. I do think reuniting w/Tice will help, and ATL might get a bargain.

  26. whysomanylosers says: Feb 18, 2014 6:51 AM

    alshonbrandontandem says:
    Feb 17, 2014 5:38 PM
    “You can have him”

    – every Bear fan

    __________________________________

    Ditto

    – every Bucs fan

  27. seenoland54 says: Feb 18, 2014 9:50 AM

    They must have done this in the dead of night when Arthur Blank was asleep. In what universe do you let an offensive line coach pick up a player that he failed to get anything out of the first time around? Arthur, and the entire Falcon organization, would have been better off taking the money paid for the both of them and investing in lottery tickets…the Falcons would have had a much better chance of winning something.

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