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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