The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are more than thrilled to have been able to acquire offensive lineman Gabe Carimi in a trade with the Chicago Bears a couple of weeks ago. The fact that he provides quality competition and depth to several offensive line positions makes him a welcomed addition to the team. For those who believe he is a lost cause, Carimi being reunited with his college position coach is one more reason why the Buccaneers won big time.
Carimi was an outstanding offensive lineman during the four years he started for the Wisconsin Badgers. Not only did he dominate his position on a consistent basis, he won the Outland Trophy, which is given to the best college offensive lineman in the nation, his senior season. Tampa Bay believes former Badgers offensive line coach Bob Bostad will be able to do wonders with Carimi and improve his skills at the professional level.
“We’re just looking for him to come in here and compete, do what he did for me for four years at Wisconsin, come out there and be physical, tough and a smart football player,” said Bostad, according to Buccaneers.com. “I’m definitely excited about it, to have a guy that you have a history with, you’ve worked with him, you’ve trained him. I’m really excited about it.
“The word that comes to my mind is ‘compete.’ You make us put you on the field. That will solve a lot of our problems, anywhere across the board. I know everybody’s excited and everybody’s ready to get started, and just adding one more element to that would really help us out. Our group has taken some hits, and I think for all of our guys this is a welcome sight.”
Carimi is not guaranteed any job, which is a very good thing. If he wants to be a starter, he is going to have to work for it. If he does end up starting, that is great for Tampa Bay. However, the Buccaneers are more excited about the fact that he will be able to back up at different positions along the line.