Gabe Carimi And Davin JosephJune 10th, 2013
Yesterday Joe was giddy — partially due to a sugar high from eating frogurt — that the Bucs got former Bears first-round pick, offensive linemen Gabe Carimi for a measly sixth-round pick in 2014.
The reason Joe is optimistic about this trade is that Carimi is reunited with the man who developed him into an Outland Trophy winner, current Bucs’ offensive line coach Bob Bostad, a true wizard among offensive line coaches.
If Carimi can be turned around by Bostad, he could push if not replace Demar Dotson at right tackle and may be the long-term answer as a successor to Donald Penn at left tackle when Penn’s days are finished.
Penn, now 30, will be a free agent after the 2015 season under the current terms of his contract.
It seems Sam Monson of ProFootballFocus.com is of the same mind as Joe, but viewing through a different prism. No, Monson doesn’t believe Carimi could replace Dotson or Penn. Instead, Monson believes Carimi will replace right guard Davin Joseph.
@PFF_Sam: It’s a shame the Bucs are so foolishly in love with Davin Joseph at RG. I think Carimi could well be better, and a 6th is a bargain deal
Well, Joe doesn’t call the Bucs’ connection to Joseph “foolish.” When healthy, he’s one of the best right guards in the game and he’s a team captain. Joe’s not sure how that is “foolish.”
Now if Monson was referring to Joseph’s difficulties staying healthy for a full season, that’s a different animal. Look, Joe loves Joseph’s play and he’s one helluva cool cat. Real stand-up dude. But even Joseph will admit he needs to stay healthy, a tough task playing in the trenches where brutal hand-to-hand combat is the norm.
Like Penn, Joseph is not a spring chicken. Earlier this year he spoke openly of how he isn’t sure how many more years he has left in the tank. He, too, will be 30 this November and his salary escalates after the 2014 season (Joseph is signed through 2017).
Either way, if Bostad can work his magic, Joe is confident the Bucs got a steal last night.