Well Chicago Bears fans, there goes another wasted pick. And for that first round bust, you are getting a sweet sixth round pick next season! Start the celebrating…
If you hadn’t heard, 2011 first round pick Gabe Carimi was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for a 2014 sixth rounder. Just two years after being drafted, it has been a downhill slide for Gabe. He started just two games during his rookie season before going on IR and never looked comfortable during 2012. He started off at RT last year but was demoted when Jonathan Scott took over the right tackle position.
Then came Carimi’s decision to train away from Chicago and not show up for recent OTA’s. This kind of move never sits well within organizations especially with players with no proven pedigree. Often times a solid veteran can get away with these types of moves, but Carimi is far from that caliber. He was expected to show up on time for the upcoming mandatory minicamps but now he will not have that chance.
Now in Tampa Bay, he is not a shoe-in to make the final roster. The Bucs have a good offensive line that will be anchored with 2011 NFL First Team All-Pro Carl Nicks. The Bears were viewing Carimi as a guard that could swing out to RT in a pinch and will likely be viewed in the same way for the Bucs. I don’t think they project him as a starter but if RG Davin Joseph‘s knee doesn’t recover well, Carimi could slide in to start. He did play much better as a guard for the Bears in four starts last season.
For the Bears, they had already made it known that Carimi was on the hot seat by drafting Oregon G Kyle Long in the first round of the 2013 draft.