Bears sign Gabe Carimi

Updated: July 29, 2011, 5:51 PM ET
By Jeff Dickerson | ESPNChicago.com

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- All five of the Chicago Bears' 2011 draft picks are under contract as the team announced Friday it has agreed to a deal with their first-round choice, offensive tackle Gabe Carimi.

The deal is a four-year contract with a club option for a fifth year.

The Bears selected Carimi No. 29 overall out of the University of Wisconsin to help shore up an offensive line that surrendered 56 sacks during the 2010 regular season.

It remains to be seen what position Carimi is best suited to play in the NFL, but the rookie is expected to be on the practice field when the Bears officially begin training camp Saturday afternoon.

Carimi was incidentally involved in a draft day incident by the Bears that incensed the Ravens. Chicago was trying to trade up to No. 26 to take Carimi but didn't call the deal into the league office. Baltimore ended up missing out on their pick and had to select at No. 27. The Bears got their player, Carimi, at No. 29 anyway.

Baltimore asked for compensation but didn't receive any.

The 6-foot-7, 314-pound Carimi told ESPNChicago.com a few weeks ago that he has been working on his technique for both sides of the line, just in case.

"I know they drafted me to have an impact this year, so wherever they see fit for me to be is where they see fit," he said.

Jeff Dickerson covers the Bears for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.

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Dickerson has been the Bears beat reporter for ESPN Chicago since 2004. He also hosts weeknight radio shows on ESPN 1000.

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