Knee Injury Haunted Gabe Carimi

June 10th, 2013

Former Outland Trophy winner and new Bucs tackle Gabe Carimi had a woeful first two years in the NFL. Many may remember him baptized by fire as a rookie, when San Francisco defensive end Aldon Smith owned Carimi and embarrassed him by sacking bratty Jay Cutler 5.5 times on Monday Night Football in 2011.

If that wasn’t insulting enough, Carimi has been hampered by a bum knee, so Jeff Dickerson of BSPN Chicago writes.

The 29th overall selection in the 2011 NFL draft, Carimi started just two games at right tackle for the Bears as a rookie before he suffered a season-ending knee injury that required multiple procedures to correct. Carimi’s knee appeared to cause him problems in his second season, but he did manage to start the first 10 games of 2012 at right guard before losing his job to veteran Jonathan Scott. Carimi spent the final weeks of the season playing both guard and tackle.

Now Joe has no idea if Carimi’s bum knee was the sole reason Carimi has stunk thus far, or if he simply has been poisoned by Mike Tice. Joe knows one thing: If Carimi is physically able to play, then Bucs offensive line wizard Bob Bostad, who developed Carimi at Wisconsin, should be able to get some use out of him.

Joe also knows the Bucs highly regard the team’s training and medical staff. Maybe with a top training staff (an area which the Bears have a very chequered past) and solid coaching from Bostad it was worth Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik investing a sixth-round pick in Carimi.

15 Responses to “Knee Injury Haunted Gabe Carimi”

  1. tampabaybucfan Says:

    This is a very low risk and high reward deal. There has been a lot of whining about backup & depth…we are not even to training camp yet…there are still lots of moves that can be made. Stop the whining!!!

  2. Oldguy Says:

    Small risk. And OL depth has been a problem. Worth it.

  3. BucsfaninChina Says:

    Low risk, solid move for a guy with huge upside at a position where lack of depth affected us more last year than people are willing to admit. Conversation over.

  4. BucsfaninChina Says:

    Plus, it makes the bears look like fools which i dont mind at all. Double score, good job dom.

  5. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Its kinda ironic when you take into consideration. That -we could have both Adrian Clayborn & Gabe Carimi on the same team.

    -Kids had some pretty good damn battles against each other.

    Carimi v. Clayborn (play one)

    Carimi v. Clayborn (play two)

    Carimi v. Clayborn (play three

    Carimi v. Clayborn (play four)

    Carimi v. Clayborn (play five)

    Carimi v. Clayborn (play six)

    Carimi v. Clayborn (play seven)

    Carimi v. Clayborn (play eight-a)

    Carimi v. Clayborn (play eight-b)

    Carimi v. Clayborn (play nine)

    Carimi v. Clayborn (play ten)

    Carimi v. Clayborn (play eleven-a)

    Carimi v. Clayborn (play eleven-b)

  6. MattHorse Says:

    Have a look at walter football’s scouting report on him.

    punishing run blocker
    Intelligent player

    Poor agility
    Struggles in space
    Poor pass blocker

    Player comparison – Jeremy Trueblood

    Great signing depth wise and with a healthy o line and Joseph there to help him he could potentially win the starting job if healthy. Steal for just a sixth rounder

  7. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Still frustrated that we didn’t draft Colin McCarthy or Karl Klug from the 2011 draft. Can’t get’em all though.

  8. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    I know this is off topic. But its sad to see young prospects like Greg Romeus career not flourish because of injuries. It truely is a blessing to play this game.(2011 Draft pick)

  9. BuccFanInHawkeyeCountry Says:

    Ha whatcha know about Karl Klug? Iowa boy! Haha

  10. Rickster07 Says:

    Let go after two seasons?!
    IMO, it seems like a little quick to give up on a first rounder. Can you imagine if he had let go GMC after his first two seasons? He would have made the pro bowl fbr someone else. With bostad here I think it’s gabe’s awakening, and our benefit! I have a good feeling about this, starter week one…

  11. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    The young man is a beast; Just like AC motor never stops. Was a very underrated defensive line IMO (with Christian Ballard too) smh.

  12. Celly Says:

    i’ve said it before, i’ll say it again and i’ll CONTINUE to say it:

    If the Bucs pick up a player that has knee issues, i have NO WORRIES that the training staff and doctors signed off on it as being ok. i truly believe that we have the best medical staff when it comes to knees.

    the numbers speak for themselves

  13. Espo Says:

    I’m ok with spending a 6th round pick on a project but does anyone know if we inherited a 1st round paycheck?

  14. Sneedy16 Says:


    Yes, I think he is still in his rookie contract.

  15. Espo Says:

    Thanks. More reason I hope he pans out.

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