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June 9, 2013 @ 7:36 pm
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Source: Bucs Trade For Bears Former First-Rounder OT Carimi

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According to a report from the Chicago Sun-Times the Buccaneers have acquired former first-round offensive tackle Gabe Carimi. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed.
According to a report late Sunday evening by the Chicago Sun-Times, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have addressed depth concerns on the offensive line and have traded for former Wisconsin and Chicago Bear first-round selection Gabe Carimi.

Carimi was selected by the Bears in the first round (29th overall) in the 2011 draft, but has seen his two-year career beset with injury issues.

Recently Carimi made headlines in Chicago for choosing to train on his own in Arizona and not attend the Bears’ organized team activities.

The Sun-Times, who broke the story Sunday evening,  reported Wednesday that Carimi was planning on attending the the Bears’ mandatory minicamp this coming week. The Sun-Times, citing a source, said Carimi arrived in Chicago on Friday.
Carimi started 10 games at right tackle last season and three at right guard. But was never healthy after dislocating his right knee cap in Week 2 of the 2011 season, an injury that hs required several surgeries.

According to the Sun-Times, Carimi did attend the Bears’ voluntary minicamp in April, saying that his main goal this offseason was getting back to 100 percent. He has been working with trainer LeCharles Bentley, a two-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman, in Arizona.

Carimi will be reunited with his former college position coach, Bob Bostad, who many felt did a masterful job of taking a patchwork offensive line in 2012, and helping rookie Doug Martin to the second most productive season for a Buccaneers running back in franchise history.

Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting the Buccaneers will give up a sixth-round pick in 2014. The trade is pending a physical and Carimi is reported to be heading to Tampa Sunday night.

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    Well Buc Fans what a pickup,He will do his job.GO BUCS
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    JG, we needed Corners desperately last year and gave up on Talib during the season. He was riddled with off the field issues and now is with NE and doing well.
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    The plan might be to put him on IR if he is not ready to play this season and renegotiate his contract. He probably won't be completely healthy until next season. I believe he is worth a 6th rounder even if it is a long shot.
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    This guy was a first round OT that was waived by a Bears Team desperate for offensive line so this means the Bears thought he sucks as they had tried moving him inside with no success there either the only bright side is we gave up a 6th rounder for him which usually bust out anyway what puzzles me is why Bucs Fans are so happy about this?
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    JG: not sure I am "so" happy, but I'll say this: 1) what was our alternative at OT; 2) the Bears gave up on him yes but we don't know why (the Bucs gave up on a lot of guys because they weren't "Buccaneer men"); 3) he is an injury case and his future (bright or otherwise) canot be known (i.e. he can't be called a bust) until he's healthy and proves it one way or the other; 4) he's still not even 25 years old; 5) I'm not expecting him to suddenly blossom into a pro bowler but as OT depth he makes me feel a lot better than having.....? So, maybe not "so" happy but it does make me feel better about one area I saw as a serious potential issue...OT depth.
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    Love it love it love it! Carimi was my favorite OT out of his draft class. He's been injured since he came into the league so he has nowhere to go but up. Also, Bostad is awesome and knows how to use him. Way to go Dominik!
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    Wisconsin is a great lineman factory. has been for a while. cuz his old coach now here. but can we get any history on the guy? size? numbers? thats great that we got depth @ tackle we did need it, but it's a mere concern , compared to the GLARING PROBLEM @ defensive end. Is Dom blind? First, just let Bennett go. dumb!! They can't REALLY be buying into the Bowers juice that hard can they? Even if they're right, its only 1 guy... and he's injury prone.
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    Nice! If he's healthy we have real competition at OT, if he's not we gave up a 6th rounder....not exactly the base of our drafting strength.....very little downside here and possibly soem upside....well done Dom.
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    From all the old pre draft articles I saw some pretty good reviews of the fella before the knee injury. He was projected by some scouts from NFL.com, CBS Sports, Walter Fooball etc... To be a powerful run blocker, mauler and quick enough to hold the right side of the line. The two player comparisons I saw was Michael Roos from Titans and our old pal Jeremy Trueblood not a bad pickup potentially for a 6th rd picking making roughly 1mil a year.
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    Good pickup.O-line Depth just got a lot better.
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    Horse: Don't you like Palm Harbor High's Ted Larsen who seemed to play very well while Zuttah played RG last season? This trade would appear to be one sided to get a former first round choice for a mere sixth rounder.......unless of course, Carimi turns out to be the reincarnation of Charles MaRae.
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    Larsen is an adequate back up at Center; that's all I am saying. The article addresses Carimi and now Zuttah will not have to slide over and play Guard because there was no back up.
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    That's funny scubog, I was just thinking this guy looks an aweful lot like Charles McRae (body wise), God help us if he plays ANYTHING like him, CM had no business in the NFL, let alone being a #1 pick!
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    Good move that cost us very little. I don't believe that they have any intentions in using Zuttah at that spot this season. I hope we find a good back up for Zuttah..
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    Can't be mad about the trade. A 6th round pick that would probably be worthless anyway. But I'm not going to tell myself somehow Bostad is going to turn this first round bust into a star right tackle like some fairy tale. He'll probably stick around a season or two as a back up if he's even healthy.
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    Certainly a depth move; but, it could be a down the road move as well.
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    Mac..if he can get healthy, it is a GREAT trade. Just as with Bowers, we are talking first round talent, if healthy. If not, well, he might be a great rotational option....and that is still well worth a sixth rounder.
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    Yeah, Bostad had to give the thumbs up on this trade. And I'll take Bostad's opinion of an O-Lineman all day. If this guy is healthy, this was a good trade! Bostad knows this player very well from his days at Wisconsin! Go Bucs!
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    Great job Dom , well worth the gamble and not much of a cap hit!!!!! .Nowww quit screwing around and sign Sedrick Ellis this is a no brainer, two or three years ago he had the same numbers Big Mouth McCoy had this year and hasn't missed two years yet in his career.I think he had more tackles than big mouth this year but just a couple of sacks, don't think he is quite a GMC type get off the ball talent but one heck of a tackle to have in your rotation and better than GMC on short yardage. This would be a huge rotational and depth addition to any team and he's just sitting there waiting to be signed.No Brainer and he's young!!!
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    Dom does it again. Another rip off trade! I would hate to play him in poker!
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    Good trade. His OL coach from Wisconsin is here. I am sure he studied tape on him and told Dominik he can help us. A 6th rounder is definitely good for us. Go Bucs!!!
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    As per Adam Schefter it's a 6th rounder in 2014 for compensation. https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/status/343890196108046337
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