During this past offseason, a new regime was hired to overhaul an underachieving Chicago Bears team. Another move was made recently, as they dealt offensive lineman Gabe Carimi to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a sixth round draft selection in the 2014 NFL Draft.
The trade will be contingent upon Carimi passing his physical once he arrives for Tampa's mini-camp which begins this coming Tuesday. Carimi who is versatile enough to play multiple positions on the line, wore out his welcome in Chicago after struggling through injuries each of the past two seasons, and made the decision not to attend the Bears' recent OTA sessions with the new coaching staff—a no-no by some NFL standards.
Carimi instead chose to remain at his offseason home in Arizona and continue to rehabilitate his surgically repaired knee with a personal trainer of his choosing. The Bears have made several moves to shore up their offensive line, including signing Pro Bowl tackle Jermon Bushrod and drafting Kyle Long during April's NFL Draft. The moves basically left Carimi as a man without a job.