The Chicago Bears have traded offensive lineman Gabe Carimi to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun Times was first to report the news.
ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting the Bears received a sixth-round pick in return.
Carimi was selected by the Bears in the first round of the 2011 draft (29th overall). He played six quarters as the starter at right tackle his rookie season before dislocating his left kneecap. He attempted to return in Week 8 yet had a setback and was placed on IR shortly thereafter.
He then had another surgery on the knee last offseason and never appeared to return to full health last year. Carimi started 12 games in 2012 and was graded as one of the worst tackles in the league by Pro Football Focus. He was eventually benched for Jonathan Scott in Week 13.
Carimi did attend voluntary minicamp this offseason yet chose not to participate in organized team activities (OTAs). Bear Report was told that Carimi was unhappy with the way the club handled his knee injury and felt it would be better if he worked out on his own. He returned to Chicago this past Friday and was ready to compete for a starting spot beginning in veteran minicamp this week. Yet he’ll now head to Tampa Bay after two turbulent seasons in the Windy City.
Jeremy Stoltz is Publisher of BearReport.com and a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. Follow Bear Report on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Bear Report Web site or magazine, click here.