Tampa Bay Bucs trade for Bears' offensive lineman Gabe Carimi

June 10, 2013

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that they have acquired offensive tackle Gabe Carimi from the Chicago Bears in exchange for a sixth-round selection in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Carimi (6-7, 316) was selected by the Bears in the first round (29th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft and started 16-of-18 games he has played with Chicago. When Carimi was drafted, he was expected to bring much needed stability to the Bears' shaky offensive line.

However, a knee injury early in his career affected his development, and there was no guarantee that he would have been a starter this season in Chicago.

The Bucs are hoping that a change of scenery and a reunion with his college coach will do wonders for Carimi.  At the very least, the asking price was relatively inexpensive for the former first rounder.

Carimi was a four-year starter at the University of Wisconsin, where he was coached by current Buccaneers offensive line coach Bob Bostad. While with the Badgers, Carimi won the Outland Trophy (Best Interior Lineman) as a senior, and was named Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year. A two-time All-American selection, Carimi was also a two-time All-Big Ten selection.

Tampa Bay also announced they have waived T Nick Speller.

By Staff of The Daily Sports Herald and news services

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