In no time, offensive lineman Gabe Carimi will be poked, prodded, X-rayed and examined from head to toe, with extra attention given to his right leg. But it won’t be by the Bears. It will be the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Sun-Times was first to report Sunday that the Bears traded Carimi to the Buccaneers. The Bears received a sixth-round pick in the 2014 draft. The deal is contingent on Carimi passing a physical with the Bucs. A source said Carimi was set to travel to Tampa, Fla., on Monday morning. The trade comes just before the Bears’ first mandatory minicamp under coach Marc Trestman. Physicals are set for Monday. Carimi garnered plenty of headlines this offseason for his decision to train on his own in Arizona and not attend any of the Bears’ organized team activities. The Sun-Times reported Wednesday that Carimi, who returned to Chicago last week, was planning to participate in the minicamp, which runs Tuesday to Thursday. But now, if he checks out physically, Carimi will be on the field with the Buccaneers, who have their minicamp during the same days. The Buccaneers do have a connection to Carimi in offensive line coach Bob Bostad. He coached Carimi at Wisconsin. Former Bears general manager Jerry Angelo selected Carimi out of Wisconsin with the 29th overall selection in the 2011 draft. And now there are currently no first-round picks from the Angelo era on the Bears’ roster. Carimi was expected to be the Bears’ long-term solution at right tackle, but injuries derailed that. He started 10 games at right tackle last season and three at right guard. But despite all the playing time, he was never healthy after dislocating his right knee cap in Week 2 of the 2011 season and needing multiple surgeries. Carimi did attend the Bears’ voluntary minicamp in April, saying that his main goal this offseason was getting back to 100 percent. He worked with trainer LeCharles Bentley, a two-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman, in Arizona.
Bears trade offensive lineman Gabe Carimi to Buccaneers
Chicago Sun-Times | Jun 10