Bears send OL Gabe Carimi to Bucs

Updated: June 10, 2013, 1:25 PM ET
By Jeff Dickerson | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bears have traded 2011 first-round draft choice Gabe Carimi, an offensive lineman, to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Bears will receive a sixth-round pick in the 2014 draft, league sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Carimi had not participated in the Bears' offseason program since the conclusion of the club's voluntary minicamp in April, but did plan to attend next week's mandatory minicamp and avoid a potential $66,150 fine if he skipped all three days.

The trade makes that inconsequential. Carimi is expected to travel to Tampa, Fla., on Monday to undergo a physical.

The 29th overall selection in the 2011 NFL draft, Carimi started just two games at right tackle for the Bears as a rookie before he suffered a season-ending knee injury that required multiple procedures to correct. Carimi's knee appeared to cause him problems in his second season, but he did manage to start the first 10 games of 2012 at right guard before losing his job to veteran Jonathan Scott. Carimi spent the final weeks of the season playing both guard and tackle.

Bears coach Marc Trestman said in April the organization viewed Carimi as a better fit at offensive guard.

Carimi appeared to be on the outside looking in this offseason. The Bears made several moves at guard in recent months, including selecting guard Kyle Long with the 20th overall choice in the 2013 draft. The Bears also signed veteran guards Matt Slauson and Eben Britton in free agency to bolster a group that already included second-year guard James Brown and veteran guard/center Edwin Williams. While the Bears' fifth-round draft pick, Jordan Mills, is beginning his professional career at right tackle, the Bears think Mills has the versatility to one day slide inside to guard.

Carimi has two years left on a contract that guaranteed his base salary in the second and third years of the deal. The offensive lineman is scheduled to earn a guaranteed base salary of $1,016,458 in 2013.

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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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