Bucs release former Bears first rounder Gabe Carimi

Bucs release former Bears first rounder Gabe Carimi
February 10, 2014, 3:15 pm
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CSN Staff

Lovie Smith may bring in a few former players from Chicago this offseason, but he didn't waste any time getting rid of one.

The Buccaneers announced Monday they had released guard Gabe Carimi, who Smith and the Bears made the No. 29 pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

Carimi started the first two games of his rookie season before suffering a dislocated knee, which ended his season. In 2012 he came back healthy and started 14 games, though he was benched after the infamous matchup against Aldon Smith, who totaled 5.5 sacks, and the San Francisco 49ers in November.

In June the Bears traded Carimi to Tampa Bay for a sixth-round draft pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Carimi started three games for the Buccaneers last season and, at just 25 years old, should have plenty of suitors when he clears waivers.