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Bucs Trade for Carimi

June 16, 2013 at 10:31am by Scott   •  2 Comments »

Carimi's new teammates are much softer than his former ones.
The Bucs traded for former Chicago OT Gabe Carimi, what, a month ago? Yeah, it’s been a while. Sorry. Anyway, he’s a former first-rounder who wasn’t able to stay healthy and was considered a bust for the Bears.

“I think it just set me back last year,” said Carimi, who partially dislocated his right kneecap against the Saints and had multiple surgeries. “I wasn’t at full strength. I’m just looking forward to this year. I was just trying to get my knee right, trying to be the best I could be. It feels good.”

The Bucs only gave up a sixth-rounder for him, so I’m fine with this. He has as much of a chance of sticking as any sixth-round pick, and a bigger upside if he gets healthy and can hang out for a couple years. The right tackle spot is still wide open and the player I remember seeing coming out of Wisconsin would be a good fit there. Demar Dotson is still the starter for now, but this could get interesting in August.

2 Comments to “Bucs Trade for Carimi”

Mark S

Mark S (June 17, 2013 at 10:06am:

I am hoping he gets healthy and can at least be a quality backup. He could turn out to be our starting RT; and, since Demar’s biggest asset is his athleticism, maybe eventually after Penn has played out, Demar becomes our LT. Just a thought.

jampersands

jampersands (June 25, 2013 at 06:30pm:

I remember when he was drafted, people started talking about his having short arms, and that he might therefore not be a good fit at tackle. I think he’ll be a good swing player between OG and RT.

Here’s an article/slideshow that seems to think so too:
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1586667-5-reasons-gabe-carimi-will-be-a-successful-offensive-guard

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