I’m Tired of Defending Gabe Carimi


Gabe Carimi’s days with the Chicago Bears appear to be numbered.  Carimi, who’s already facing an uphill battle just to make the final 53-man roster, decided that it was OK to skip the first day of OTA’s and work out on his own.

Former Chicago Bears first-round draft pick Gabe Carimi was a no-show at Halas Hall on Monday when the team took the field for the first organized team activity of the offseason, according to a source familiar with the situation…

According to multiple sources, Carimi hasn’t been with the team since he participated in the club’s voluntary three-day minicamp held from April 16-18. Following the conclusion of the minicamp, Carimi informed the Bears he planned to skip the second phase of the Bears’ offseason program that included individual on-field work and positional meetings in favor of returning to Arizona to continue his offseason training.

Carimi felt working out in Arizona gave him the best opportunity to return to the field healthy and avoid the knee problems that have plagued him the last two years, a source said.

Call it Jerry Angelo’s final revenge because yet another first round draft pick offensive lineman appears destined for the scrap heap.

The Bears made it clear that they need to improve their offensive line this offseason and have made multiple moves to try to bolster the position and raise the level of competition.   From signing Jermon Bushrod as one of their premier free agents and also adding guards Matt Slauson and Eben Britton through free agency to drafting Kyle Long in the first round of the draft, the Bears have put themselves in a position to turn their offensive line around in just one offseason.

All this time, I’ve been rooting for Gabe Carimi to get his act together and prove that he’s not another first round bust.  Maybe it’s because I really liked the pick when Carimi was selected?  Maybe it’s because not too long ago, the Bears gave up on an injured offensive lineman and he came up off the scrap heap to turn into a productive player.

I’m talking about Marc Columbo, who suffered a pretty serious knee injury with the Bears as a rookie and spent time on the PUP list and ended up out of football before Jerry Jones and the Cowboys picked him up and turned him into their starting right tackle.

I’ve been saying all along that Carimi was never right since he was injured in Week 2 of his rookie season and spent his entire offseason in 2012 trying to get his knee right, but he played on that bum knee all of last season with poor results.

I understand Phil Emery and the Bears trying to bolster the level of play and get some real competition along the offensive line.  Like all Bears fans, I’m saying “it’s about time.”

What I cannot understand is how Carimi can decide to skip OTA’s with his job on the line.  Does he really think he’ll do better on his own, with a new coaching staff in place and a TON of competition?   I’m tired of defending Gabe Carimi.  It’s time to let go of the former first round draft pick and move on.

What do you think?  Is it time to kick Carimi to the curb?  Do you think he’ll turn into the next Marc Columbo or is he the next Chris Williams?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/stevebarg Steven Barg

    I wish the coaching staff could force him to participate because I believe his presence could really elevate the level of competition, and I believe we would be all the better for it. Id like to see him kept around, because at this point I dont think any Bears fan has seen what Carimi is really capable of. If he is unwilling to work out with the team, especially with new coaches and the greater level of competition for a roster spot, you really have to wonder just what is going on in his head.

    • chipramsey

      Or his agent’s head….

    • BearGogglesOn

      A lot of speculation out there that he’s already been told that he’s going to be cut on June 1st and that’s why he’s chosen to work out privately.

  • Santee Jack

    What are his contract terms?

    • BearGogglesOn

      Only reason he hasn’t been cut is because they can save some cap space by cutting him June 1.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Bearsfan25 Rob Schwarz Jr

    I do not see the point in letting him go. At least not right now. Maybe he believes his rehab will be better in AZ. I say let him compete and if he proves himself worthy you keep him. If you decide he can’t play well enough and you need a roster spot later in the year or after preseason then let him go.

    • BearGogglesOn

      The problem is that he’s set to make over $1 million for a chance to compete behind two others at RT (Webb and Jonathan Scott) and behind first round draft pick Kyle Long for RG. Not enough reps to go around, which is why he’s on the outside looking in.

      • John Mack

        I forgot about that…you make a very compelling argument for a team squeezed beyond Cap Space. Changing gears, we need a monster season from Julius Peppers so we can trade him for a first round pick next year, though age will be a factor in that.

        • BearGogglesOn

          I don’t think Peppers is going anywhere via trade. Even if he has a monster season, he’s on the wrong side of 30 with a monster contract.

  • StuManChu

    Keep him for now. If you need a roster spot much later, then release him. I see no reason to do him any favors catching on somewhere else this early.

  • Dr. Johnny Nacho

    i agree he’s not making any friends w/ the new coaching staff being the only guy to skip OTA’s but they’ll wait to see how he performs w/ pads on before making any cuts

    • BearGogglesOn

      I doubt he gets that far Johnny. June 1st cut. Book it.

    • Chicago Paul

      They won’t cut him. They owe him a milion dollars for this season thanks to Angelo.
      They can keep him on ice until the playoffs just like D Rose. ( kidding).

  • John Mack

    Boomer, I think you’re overreacting a little on this one. In addition to the Beloved, living in Jacksonville for 12 years made me a Jaguars fan and I’ve seen the benefits of when a player uses a more personalized facility and staff that can better suit a conditioning program for himself, as opposed to just working with the team. I know OTAs aren’t merely workouts and practices, they’re team building activities hence the Organized Team Activities designation, but Carimi needs to make sure his body is in top condition for a brutal season in the NFC North. In Jacksonville, the Jaguars would get upset when Fred Taylor trained at in South Florida, away from the team. But doing that extended his career and improved his durability. Though he still was injury prone. So, I’m giving Carimi the benefit of the doubt. Let’s see him get himself into shape, plus it sounds like her pre-alerted the Bears that he would be doing personal workouts and not joining them. So they already knew. I can respect someone who realizes being at their best will benefit the team more than joining some group cessions of bonding and working out. Have faith all…

    • BearGogglesOn

      John – if Lovie and the old staff were still around, I would agree with you. With a new coaching staff in the building, he needs to be there with the team to start learning the new offense. More than any other position, O-line requires some coordination between all the players, as they function as a unit. I think the writing is on the wall. Just add Carimi to the loooong list of Jerry Angelo draft busts.

  • ScottA

    His ego is still fragile from being part of a good line at Wisconsin and ending up getting his ass kicked before being lost for the year. Seeing the influx of linemen this spring probably has him second-guessing himself.

  • Chicago Paul

    I doubt they will cut him because he has a guaranteed contract for a million this season.