Financially, Gabe Carimi trade is a low-risk deal
It’s not immediately clear how offensive lineman Gabe Carimi will fit in with the Bucs after the former first-round pick was traded from the Bears to Tampa Bay on Sunday.
But we can say that if things do work out here, acquiring Carimi could turn out to be a good deal for the Bucs.
That’s because they’re getting him on the cheap.
Though he was the 29th pick in 2011 and originally signed a $7.056 million contract, $3.631 million of that was the signing bonus the Bears paid their former starting right tackle after he agreed to his rookie deal.
The only money remaining is the $1.016 million in guaranteed money Carimi is due for this season, a $592,187 roster bonus due next spring, $100,000 2014 workout bonus and a non-guaranteed 2014 base salary of $645,000.
Even if Carimi doesn’t turn out to be a starter in Tampa Bay, the Bucs will have acquired some quality depth at a position they badly need it, and they’ll have done it relatively inexpensively.
Given last year’s struggles to replace Carl Nicks and Davin Joseph after their respective injuries, the Bucs have long been thinking about ways to add depth along the offensive line. Having not invested any draft picks in linemen, in retrospect, increased the likelihood the team might consider something like this trade.
Carimi, remember, has some ability to play guard, starting three games as at right guard last season.