Carimi sent packing for a 6th rounder[caption id="attachment_26278" align="aligncenter" width="480"] Jonathan Daniel / Getty Images[/caption] A little over two years ago Bears fans were ecstatic to hear Commissioner Roger Goodell call the name Gabe Carimi with the 29th pick. Everyone -- myself included -- believed the Bears got a steal, this kid looked the part and it was believed he would start at Tackle for 10+ years. Fast forward to Week 2 of the regular season against New Orleans and suddenly Carimi goes down with injury. It was later confirmed he had dislocated his knee and was set to sit on the sidelines for the rest of the season. Coming into 2012 the expectation was that Carimi would solidify his spot at right tackle, but struggled to contain edge rushers and he was eventually benched for veteran Jonathan Scott in Week 13. He got one last chance to shine when he filled in at guard after Lance Louis went down with a season-ending ACL tear. He managed to stand his ground at guard but it was obvious his knee wasn't up to par. After the facelift the Bears underwent many expected Carimi to flourish under new offensive line coach Aaron Kromer. Projected to play guard he had a legitimate chance to start this season, however after adding Kyle Long (a guard out of Oregon) Carimi opted to skip voluntary mini camp in order to train privately. Many believe this spelled the end for Carimi in Chicago. Carimi was expected to be at the clubs mandatory mini camps this month, in order to save himself a $66,000 fine. However, the Bears believed his time was up and made a trade with the Buccaneers, sending the injury-plagued lineman to Tampa Bay in exchange for a sixth round pick. Carimi will be reunited with his offensive line Coach from Wisconsin (Bob Bostad) and many figure this move is the change Carimi needs to flourish as a player. https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/status/343890196108046337 Carimi, a former Outland Trophy winner, is only 25 years of age. It's hard for many to believe, but the simple fact is that he was outplayed by the other linemen on the Bears roster. With Bushrod being brought in and Webb moved to the right it left just three positions along the line open. At 6'7 Carimi is too large to play at center, which left him competing for either guard spot, however with the additions of Kyle Long in the draft, a kid who has off the charts athleticism and Matt Slauson, one of the better guards in the league (allowing no sacks last season) it was always going to be an uphill battle for Carimi to earn a starting spot on the line. Ultimately this move bodes well for Carimi's career. Although I don't believe Carimi has what it takes to be a difference-maker on the line I do see him being a solid player for years to come. He was not only rushed back after multiple knee surgeries but also expected to be "the guy" on the line, knowing full well that his knee's just wouldn't be able to give him the drive he needs to block pass rushers such as Jarred Allen or Justin Smith. Pairing him with his former line coach indeed further strengthens the case that Carimi could in fact be a steal pick up for the Buccs. Throughout his career with the Bears he has shown flashes of brilliance, but has never been able to put up back to back consistent games, often being touted as fantastic one game and a joke the next. Allowing Carimi to sit behind the veterans on the Buccaneers roster and letting his knee heal will do wonders for his career which was killed the moment Emery walked in the door. What does this mean for the Bears? They get rid of a lineman no one but Angelo wanted, they gain a sixth rounder, bringing their total draft picks to eight which will help strengthen their roster long-term. This team is aging, so the more young guys they can bring in to start learning now can only do the team good. Carimi does have the tools to succeed in the NFL, but the Bears aren't the right fit as they are in a "win now" state of mind. He isn't ready to be plugged in and played right away, so from a Bears stand point this is just saying good bye to another Angelo bust, but for Carimi this is a chance to resurrect his career. Good move for all involved.