The Chicago Bears spent a first-round pick in the 2011 Draft on Gabe Carimi in the hopes that the big offensive tackle from Wisconsin would shore up the team’s issues on the offensive line. But after an injury-shortened rookie season and a second year met with indifferent results at guard, the former top pick is in jeopardy of being cut.
The 2013 season was supposed to be a make-or-break season for Carimi with a general manager, who didn’t draft him, starting his second season and a new coaching staff in town to assess the roster. With the free-agent signing of Jermon Bushrod, the writing was on the wall that his future would be at guard.
Furthermore, after the 2013 draft when the Bears selected offensive guard/tackle Kyle Long in the first round and another offensive tackle/guard in Jordan Mills in the fifth round, the heat was ratcheted up to an even higher degree. Carimi was not considered for the right tackle spot and is in a battle to earn one of the starting guard spots, but isn’t ideally suited to play that position.
Carimi did himself no favors to endear himself to the team when he was absent from the team’s voluntary OTA’s. The decision to remain in Arizona to train is a confounding one for fans and Bears brass to wrap their heads around, because this Carimi is a player that has to ingratiate himself with the new coaches and teammates and is no more special than the rest of his teammates who were present.
Carimi had to do everything perfect to avoid the roster bubble in training camp, but this news is going to make it awfully easy for Bears general manager Phil Emery to cut him. He has no ties to Carimi and owes him no favors or second chances.
This is a diva move and one you wouldn’t expect it from a player fighting for his spot on the roster. This is a decision made by players that know they aren’t going to be a part of the team’s future. He essentially quit on his teammates and set himself up for the inevitable pink slip that likely awaits him in training camp.
When J’Marcus Webb is viewed as a more alternative option on the offensive line, you know your time as a Chicago Bear is nearing an end. I wouldn’t wait until training camp to release him and I’d sever ties with the first round bust first thing in the morning.