Reporting Justin Pawlowski
For years, the Chicago Bears have been searching for improvements to their offensive line struggles. During that time, they have invested multiple 1st round selections to improve that aspect of their team. On Sunday, one of those 1st round picks was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
According to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, the Buccaneers have acquired the Bears 1st round pick in 2011 by trading for OT Gabe Carimi.
More details have emerged that the Buccaneers only parted ways with a 6th round pick in 2014 for the former 1st round selection.
Carimi has had a difficult time in his 1st two seasons with the Bears. Carimi has struggled most with pass protection as illustrated by his 78 out of 80 ranking by Pro Football Focus for offensive tackles in pass protection.
Carimi will be reunited with his collegiate offensive line coach in Bob Bostad who now coaches that position with the Buccaneers.
The Buccaneers already possess one of the best offensive lines in the NFL, but Carimi gives the Bucs some nice depth and potential if Bostad can return him to his Wisconsin form.
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