Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Bucs trade with Bears for OL Carimi
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers improved the depth of their offensive line Sunday evening by acquiring former first-round draft pick Gabe Carimi from the Chicago Bears.
In exchange for Carimi, the 29th overall choice in the 2011 draft, the Bucs will send a sixth-round selection in 2014 to the Bears.
Carimi won the Outland Trophy at Wisconsin and now the 6-foot-7 lineman will be reunited with Bucs offensive line coach Bob Bostad, who was Carimi's position coach with the Badgers.
Carimi started two games for the Bears as a rookie at right tackle before suffering a season-ending knee injury that required multiple surgeries. He started 10 games at right tackle last season and three at right guard.
He fell out of favor with the Bears this offseason, prompting Sunday's deal. Carimi had not participated in the team's organized team activities since the conclusion of Chicago's voluntary minicamp in April, though he was expected to attend the upcoming mandatory minicamp.
Carimi, who was scheduled to fly to Tampa today to take a physical, has two years left on his contract. He is scheduled to earn a guaranteed base salary of slightly more than $1 million this season.
With Pro Bowl guard Davin Joseph returning from knee surgery and Demar Dotson emerging as a fixture at tackle after signing a new four-year deal, the Bucs would appear to be set on the right side of the line.
But the Bucs have little proven depth up front and Carimi's versatility should give Tampa Bay additional flexibility across the offensive line.
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