Bucs make Gabe Carimi trade official


The trade of offensive lineman Gabe Carimi from the Bears to the Buccaneers is official.

The Buccaneers made the announcement that they have acquired Carimi, who had been working out on his own this spring rather than join the Bears, in exchange for a sixth-round pick. Carimi will be reunited with Bob Bostad, who was the offensive line coach when Carimi played at Wisconsin and holds the same job in Tampa.

Carimi played well enough under Bostad to become the 29th overall pick of the 2011 draft, but his first two seasons as a professional featured more disappointments than shining moments. The Bucs would seem to hope that the change of scenery and familiar face on the coaching staff will be enough to get Carimi back on track.

If it does, he’ll have a shot to unseat Demar Dotson as the team’s starting right tackle and should, at least, earn a spot as a reserve capable of playing both tackle and guard. With right guard Davin Joseph is coming off a torn patellar tendon and Carimi did look better after moving to guard with the Bears last season.

7 responses to “Bucs make Gabe Carimi trade official

  1. Slick move.

    Potential big (and young) talent at minimal cost.

    At best…the change of scenery, teammates, & staff will flip that “1st round talent” switch on.

    At worst…we’ve got some needed depth.

    Go Bucs!

  2. Wow…next time you want to complain about your team’s draft, think about Chicago….and the pressure on Kyle Long to avoid being the Bears 3rd first round OL bust in 5 years….

  3. zo121179 | Jun 10, 2013, 18:51 ‘ EDT
    Bears fan here. Always liked Gabe, too bad he was hurt and didn’t pan out in Chicago.

    Best of luck in Tampa.
    Bucs fan here. Always liked the 6th round pick, too bad it only sometimes produces a 53man roster player.
    Best of luck in Chicago.
    Btw, most of the trades the Bucs did in the last years with the Bears worked out better for the Bucs then for the Bears.
    As i wrote earlier…best of luck Chicago.

  4. Good move, so long as whoever the Bucs have to back up at RT and RG beforehand was AWFUL. How awful? Worse than guys who couldn’t immediately justify playing ahead of J-Webb during some of his worst performances. Oh, plus he’s two years into the league and already an injury risk as well as lacking in any obvious positional placement. He’s a sixth round value in trade with the possible payout of being a 3rd rounder in a couple of years, at best. So-so deal for both sides

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