Bears G.M. Phil Emery had said that offensive lineman Gabe Carimi, who boycotted voluntary offseason workouts, will be welcomed back with open arms. Instead, Carimi is getting a foot in the butt.
And he’s probably happy about that.
According to Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times, Carimi has been traded by the Bears to Tampa. The compensation sent by the Bucs to Chicago isn’t known.
It may or may not involve a bowl of soup.
Carimi, a first-round pick of the Bears in 2011, has had his career derailed by injuries and ineffectiveness. He had planned to show up for this week’s mandatory minicamp.
Emery’s predecessor, Jerry Angelo, had drafted Carimi. With Carimi’s trade, the Bears have no first-round picks on the roster from Angelo’s 11 seasons with the team.
UPDATE 8:45 p.m. ET: Per multiple reports, the Bears will get a sixth-round pick. And presumably that bowl of soup. A league source points out the trade is final pending a physical. Which usually is perfunctory but every once in a while it kills the deal.