Bucs trade 6th round pick in '14 to Bears for OL Carimi
Looking to upgrade the talent level at right tackle, the Bucs on Sunday traded for Bears offensive lineman Gabe Carimi.
Tampa Bay will send a sixth-round pick in 2014 to Chicago in exchange for Carimi, the 29th overall pick out of Wisconsin in 2011. The deal is contingent on Carimi passing a physical in Tampa Monday.
However, Carimi's career has been derailed by injury and ineffectiveness. He dislocated his kneecap in Week 2 of his rookie season. Last year, Carimi started 10 games at right tackle and three at right guard.
Carimi fell out of favor with the Bears when he refused to attend the team's Organized Team Activities, opting to train in Arizona.
However, the Bucs have some familiarity with Carimi. Tampa Bay's offensive line coach, Bob Bostad, coached him at Wisconsin.
Whereas Carimi has plenty of pedigree, the Bucs starter at right tackle does not. Demar Dotson, a converted basketball player, did not play football until his senior year at Southern Mississippi. In fact, he was only in his fourth year of playing football when he took over the right tackle spot for Jeremy Trueblood, starting 15 games for the Bucs in 2012.
Tampa Bay signed Doston to a four-year, $6.5-million contract in the off-season but now he will have to compete with Carimi.