While Sunday nights aren’t generally renowned for their transaction activity in the NFL, that didn’t stop the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Chicago Bears from wheeling and dealing. The Bucs were on the receiving end of a deal that has former 29th overall pick Gabe Carimi being added to an offensive line with suspect, at best, depth. In exchange for Carimi the Bears received the Bucs 6th round pick in the 2014 draft.
It’s no blockbuster deal, but it’s something.
Carimi’s time with the Bears was hanging over the cliff that descends into bust status following two abysmal seasons with Chicago. In his rookie season Carimi was limited to only two games before a season-ending knee injury, and several ensuing surgeries, derailed his season. He played both those games at right tackle. The following season Carimi played in 13 games, starting 10 of them at right tackle and alternating between tackle and guard for the other three. The switch was made once Carimi lost his job at right tackle to Jonathan Scott.
The writing was on the wall following Marc Trestman and the Bears rebuild on the fly approach to their offensive line. In free agency the Bears had already added Eben Britton and Matt Slauson - signings that were followed up with the Bears drafting guard Kyle Long with the 20th overall pick in this year’s draft. These moves didn’t bode well for the former Wisconsin star that Trestman envisioned as a guard this season.
For the Buccaneers they get a fledgling tackle prospect, best suited to playing guard, in the hopes that he will compete with Demar Dotson for the starting right tackle spot. Losing a sixth-round pick is hardly cause for concern, and if they can get some quality starts from Carimi at right tackle it will prove to be a transaction that was well worth making. If not, well, you win some you lose some. At the very least they will get much needed depth, following the departure of Jeremy Trueblood to the Washington Redskins.
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