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09 Jun 2013

Bears Send Gabe Carimi to Bucs

The big deal here is not that the Bears shipped off a tremendously disappointing former high pick. And it isn't that a certain former high pick was supposed to be a big star who would represent those of us who, shall we say, don't share holidays with most NFL players. After all, Mitchell Schwartz turned out to be pretty good. No, the reason I thought this story was worth linking as an XP is the astonishing fact that Jerry Angelo was GM of the Bears from 2001 to early 2012, and just a year and a half later, not a single first-round pick from his entire 11-year career remains on the Chicago roster. That seems crazy, even when you consider that Angelo traded two first-rounders in the deal that brought Jay Cutler to town.

Posted by: Aaron Schatz on 09 Jun 2013

8 comments, Last at 10 Jun 2013, 3:37pm by Steve in WI


by theslothook :: Sun, 06/09/2013 - 10:45pm


by theslothook :: Sun, 06/09/2013 - 10:52pm

Actually, some of it is just bizarre because just in terms of the pick success, they aren't all bad. While Carimi, Haynes, Terell, and Williams were all major busts, Marco Colombo and greg olson have had decent careers and cedric benson was a probowler. Tommie Harris had the makings of a hall of fame career but was severely derailed by injuries. Poor drafting in general, but its not quite like they whiffed on every pick.

by Jovins :: Sun, 06/09/2013 - 11:51pm

Cedrick Benson might have made a pro bowl, but he was at best a mediocre first round pick.

by Dan :: Mon, 06/10/2013 - 1:05am

I liked what Carimi did at guard last year, and was looking forward to seeing him get a full season there. Not happy with this turn of events for the Bears.

by justanothersteve :: Mon, 06/10/2013 - 10:07am

I have to say that even as a Packers fan, I find this surprising. The link states the Bears will get a sixth round pick. While I agree that Carimi hasn't been what the Bears probably hoped for a first round pick, I think he's better than a typical sixth rounder. He's probably a serviceable guard. I wonder if the new Bears front office will be just as clueless as the previous regime. I think they reached on Long this year already. Time will tell, but I don't think this looks good if I'm a Bears fan.

by Steve in WI :: Mon, 06/10/2013 - 3:37pm

I'm glad they got rid of Carimi (and got something, even just a 6th rounder, for him). Granted, he was limited by injury, but what I saw did not impress me. Add in the fact that he didn't seem especially motivated to improve and that the Bears have a lot of so-so O-linemen already, and I think it was time to cut ties with him. It would have greatly surprised me if he was anything more than average this season.

by Jon Goldman (not verified) :: Mon, 06/10/2013 - 10:51am

"And it isn't that a certain former high pick was supposed to be a big star who would represent those of us who, shall we say, don't share holidays with most NFL players."

I'm a Bears fan, so I was, deep in the recesses of my mind, hoping for the next Sid Luckman (or, well, Ron Mix.)

Oh well.

by MilkmanDanimal :: Mon, 06/10/2013 - 11:46am

There is an odd two-way pipeline of failure between Chicago and Tampa. The Bucs shipped Gaines Adams off to the Bears when they gave up on him (getting a 2nd rounder that was a steal alone, and then Adams tragically died), plus Brian Price made his way in that same direction before being cut. Going the other way, Okoye went from Chicago to Tampa (Houston draft pick, but still), and now Carimi. I mean, it's not super-common, but it's happened enough in recent years that I've started to notice high-round flops jumping from one team to the other.

Carimi doesn't need to be great for this to work out well for the Bucs; Tampa really needs depth on that line more than anything else. RT is really the only question point, and Demar Dotson has struck me as at least vaguely capable. Carimi is presumably a guy who can back up at RT/RG, and, if he's even vaguely decent, I love this trade.