The Chicago Bears have traded offensive tackle Gabe Carimi to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a sixth-round draft choice in 2014.
The Chicago Sun-Times' Adam L. Jahns first reported the news, based on information from two sources. Next came this tweet from Fox Sports' Peter Schrager, confirming the trade sending Carimi to the Bucs:
Confirming Gabe Carimi traded to the Bucs.— P. Schrager (@PSchrags) June 10, 2013
ESPN's Adam Schefter passed along compensation for the deal:
And we have a deal: Bears traded OL Gabe Carimi to Tampa Bay for a sixth-round pick in 2014.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 10, 2013
Carimi was drafted by the Bears with the 29th overall selection in the 2011 NFL draft. It seemed like a great pairing at the time, as the Bears had been in dire need of help along the offensive line. That was especially true at right tackle, which is where Carimi projected to be a starter for years to come.
However, the Wisconsin product has battled injuries during his short time in the NFL. Carimi dislocated his right kneecap in the second week of his rookie season and has needed multiple surgeries since.
Carimi made 13 starts last year for Chicago despite his health issues. Ten of those came at right tackle and another three at right guard.
Who is the biggest winner in this deal?
The soon-to-be 25-year-old has never looked like the dominant right tackle most expected him to be coming out of college. He has yet to regain his burst and can struggle handling edge pass-rushers. Those liabilities are less of a concern at guard, however.
As Jahns also notes, Carimi had not been spending a lot of time with his team this offseason. He skipped OTAs and instead opted to train on his own. There is no indication that this played into the team's reported decision to move him, but logic only dictates that it did.
However, what is likely far more at the root of this issue is Carimi's lack of development, as the Bears continue to make strides to reshape their offensive line under new head coach Marc Trestman.