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 Post subject: NFR: Bears trade Carimi for 6th round pick
PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 3:05 pm 
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Excellent trade for the Bucs. While many are quick to label Carimi a bust because he has struggled in pass protection at RT in Chicago the past two years (partially due to being injured), people should note that Carimi has excelled as a run blocker however. And moving him inside to guard should help with the pass protection issues moving forward. The Bucs got a player that they can potentially plug at a number of positions for a 6th round pick. Imagine if the Falcons had traded Sam Baker prior to the start of the 2010 season for a 6th round pick, similar to how they dealt Laurent Robinson after his 2nd year for a similar price.


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Report: Bears trade OL Gabe Carimi to Buccaneers
By Will Brinson | NFL Writer
June 9, 2013 8:57 pm ET

Gabe Carimi's reportedly been dealt to the Buccaneers Gabe Carimi's reportedly been dealt to the Buccaneers. (USATSI)

The Bears spent much of their offseason beefing up their offensive line in an effort to help protect Jay Cutler. But they've made a move Sunday that will thin out the corps, reportedly trading Gabe Carimi to the Buccaneers.

According to Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times, Carimi is on a plane headed to Tampa on Sunday and will be a Buc provided he can pass the physical.

It looks like the Bears won't get much in return from Tampa, as Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the compensation is just a sixth-round pick.

That speaks highly to the scrutiny that Carimi's been subject to this offseason. After Chicago went out and signed Jermon Bushrod to a big free-agent deal, they drafted Kyle Long out of Oregon in the first round to play guard.

Just as Long was signing his rookie contract, Carimi was skipping voluntary workouts.

And though Bears GM Phil Emery made a point to note that Carimi wasn't required to attend those workouts, it became clear the 2010 Outland Trophy winner was upset about being squeezed from a starting job on the Bears line.

Carimi was drafted to play tackle and started out his Bears career at the right spot, but after undergoing knee surgery during his rookie year, Carimi was moved to guard in his second season.

With Matt Slauson at left guard, Long at right guard and Bushrod/J'Marcus Webb manning the tackle positions, there wasn't a starting spot left for a first-round pick from the previous regime.

As such, Carimi's headed out of town. Though he might look like a throwaway at this point for Chicago, this is the type of move that could come back and haunt them if someone on their offensive line goes down early in the year.

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 Post subject: Re: NFR: Bears trade Carimi for 6th round pick
PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 7:27 pm 
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Posted June 10, 2013
Gabe Carimi trade a case of Bears overreacting?
Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
By Chris Burke
The 29th overall pick in 2011, Gabe Carimi has 16 career starts. (Nam Y. Huh/AP)

The 29th overall pick in 2011, Gabe Carimi has 16 career starts. (Nam Y. Huh/AP)

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers can chalk new offensive lineman Gabe Carimi up as a low-risk addition.

He’s cheap, with just his 2013 base salary of a little more than $1 million guaranteed to him (the Bears, who traded Carimi to Tampa Bay for a sixth-round pick, are responsible for the prorated remainder of his $3.6 million signing bonus). Carimi also provides 16 games worth of NFL starting experience to the Bucs’ line, which needed more depth. He might even wind up on the first team, either in place of projected starting right guard Davin Joseph, who missed all of 2012 with a knee injury; or at right tackle, where Demar Dotson played surprisingly well last season.

Long story short, there is enough of a potential upside here for the Bucs to take on Carimi. So why were the Bears in such a rush to get rid of him?

It’s certainly possible that Carimi put himself in the doghouse of Chicago’s new coaching staff by skipping OTAs to work out with ex-NFL player LeCharles Bentley. That move came shortly after rookie head coach Marc Trestman said at the Bears’ first voluntary minicamp (from which Carimi was absent) that the team was going to “focus on him competing at the guard position,” rather than Carimi’s former right tackle spot. (Emphasis on the word “voluntary” — Carimi was not required to attend any of the offseason workouts the Bears have had thus far.)

His absence gave off the impression, though, at least outwardly, that Carimi wanted out of Chicago. Whether or not Carimi actually forced the Bears’ hand here, the team’s front office clearly felt no extra loyalty to a player drafted by the old regime. (Carimi’s agent has not responded to SI.com’s request for comment on the situation.)

We often see a little house-cleaning done after coaching moves in the NFL. Maybe Carimi, be it from a talent perspective or on account of his attitude, did not fit Trestman’s vision for the Bears.

But this trade still does more to hurt Chicago on paper than it does to help. While an extra sixth-round pick may come in handy next draft, the Bears employed one of the NFL’s most inconsistent offensive lines in 2012 and further depleted the ranks by dealing Carimi, a young player capable of filling in at multiple positions.

Carimi’s loss puts more pressure on J’Marcus Webb to thrive with a move to right tackle and on Long to rapidly mature during the preseason. The options behind them are minimal at the moment — underwhelming tackles Jonathan Scott and Eben Britton are the fallbacks after Webb; James Brown and Edwin Williams, a pair of stopgap players, now round out the depth chart at guard.

That the Bears, with such a shaky collection of offensive linemen, deemed Carimi not worth the trouble raises a red flag.

It also begs the question: Was this really necessary? Was Carimi so massive a failure and such a potential problem in the locker room that Chicago had to dump him for next to nothing?

Even if the Bears answer was a resounding “yes,” it’s hard to shake the feeling that they bailed on Carimi before they had to do so.

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