Gabe Carimi Among Four CutFebruary 10th, 2014
Last year Joe thought it was a good gamble to trade a late-round pick for bust offensive lineman Gabe Carimi. The former Outland Trophy winner was a total and complete washout with the Bears, but with his former college offensive line coach, Bob Bostad, working for the Bucs, Joe thought if anyone could get the former first-round pick on the right track, it might be Bostad.
Alas, Bostad was jettisoned along with all of former Bucs commander Greg Schiano’s staff in January, thus the only reason to keep Carimi was no longer around.
It seems the Bucs have come to the same conclusion as the team announced this afternoon Carimi was one of four Bucs players cut from the roster. The other three include backup defensive tackle Derek Landri, running back Michael Hill, and never used quarterback Jordan Rodgers, whose greatest claim to fame is he is the little brother of Aaron.
Don’t discount the fact it was Lovie who drafted Carimi in the first round with the Bears. Perhaps he had his fill of watching the guy?
Landri’s ousting suggests the Bucs plan a big-time upgrade in defensive tackles, at least depth-wise. Landri was the best backup tackle for the Bucs with a riveting nine tackles and one start, notes Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times.
Yes, this should be an interesting next few months for Bucs fans. It’s safe to assume this is far from the final shuffling of the roster.