The Chicago Bears have a very poor track record from 2001-2011 when it comes to first-round picks in the NFL Draft. Since the 2000 draft when they selected Brian Urlacher at No. 9, the Bears have missed on seven of nine total picks in that round.
David Terrell, Marc Colombo, Michael Haynes, Rex Grossman, Cedric Benson, Chris Williams and now, Gabe Carimi.
Carimi came into Chicago with big expectations. A tackle from a school like Wisconsin should have been a coveted prospect. However, in two full seasons, he has nothing to show for it.
The 6-foot-7, 316-pound tackle has started only 16 of a possible 32 games due to a bum knee. He suffered his first major knee injury in week two of his rookie season against the New Orleans Saints. At the time, he was expected to come back later that season, but ended up having to sit out the entire year and undergo multiple knee surgeries.
When he came back during the 2012-13 season, he started the year as the No. 1 right tackle, but clearly wasn’t the same player. After struggling through much of the season, he was benched after one of the ugliest performances by an offensive line ever against the San Francisco 49ers in week 11. Carimi was repeatedly thrown on his back in that game, thus he was supplanted by Jonathan Scott.
The only reason Carimi played again last season was because of a multitude of injuries suffered on the Bears offensive line.
As a player, Carimi just doesn’t have it anymore, and the amount of cap space he’s taking up (over $1 million in base salary) is certainly too much for a backup lineman. Not to mention the Bears have simply done enough this offseason with offensive line upgrades — not only starters, but plenty of depth — to make him a non-necessity on the roster.
With recent reports of him not attending OTAs, the Bears may agree with this notion, and who knows, maybe even notified him of his future employment status.
In the end, we can just chalk this up as another bad Jerry Angelo decision, and be grateful once again for Phil Emery.
Brian Neal is an intern for RantSports.com and mass communications student at Lewis University. Follow him on Twitter @brianneal23.