The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have decided they aren’t quite finished in making player moves this offseason. On Sunday evening, it was announced that the Buccaneers arranged a trade with the Chicago Bears to acquire OT/G Gabe Carimi in exchange for a sixth-round selection in the 2014 draft.
Carimi, a former first-round selection of the Bears, was a disgruntled member of the team, skipping offseason workouts. Carimi will now be reunited with his former college coach, Bob Bostad, who he played for at the University of Wisconsin. The offensive lineman has battled knee injuries during the majority of his NFL career.
The move does come as somewhat of a surprise, especially for the Buccaneers but it does provide some much needed depth on the offensive line. Last season, the Buccaneers were without both of their Pro Bowl offensive guards for most of the year after losing them to injury. Carimi can play both guard and tackle, primarily on the right side.
Tampa has now surrendered two draft picks for the 2014 season, a 6th round selection for Carimi as well as a conditional pick for CB Darrelle Revis.