Posted: 4:56 pm Monday, February 17th, 2014

Falcons sign offensive lineman Gabe Carimi 

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

New Falcons offensive line coach Mike Tice must think he can salvage the career of his former pupil Gabe Carimi, who's been with two teams already after being drafted in the first round of the 2011 draft.   (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

New Falcons offensive line coach Mike Tice must think he can salvage the career of his former pupil Gabe Carimi, who’s been with two teams already after being drafted in the first round of the 2011 draft. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The Atlanta Falcons signed offensive tackle Gabe Carimi, who has been with two teams already, the Chicago Bears and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, on Monday, according to the team.

Carimi, 6-7, 316 pounds, was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the first round (29th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft.

Carimi, who played with Falcons center/right guard Peter Konz at Wisconsin, spent two seasons in Chicago. He played in 18 games and made 16 starts before being traded to Tampa Bay for a sixth-round pick before the 2013 season.

In 2011, he played in two games at right tackle. In 2012, he played right tackle and right guard. 

He played lin 14 games and made two starts at left guard for the Bucs last season. He played 218 snaps. He had 127 run block snaps and 91 pass block snaps, according to profootballfocus.coc. He had negative grades for overall blocking, passing blocking and run blocking. However, he gave up just one sack, no quarterback hits and just one hurry.

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was either sacked, hit or hurries on nearly 38 percent of his dropbacks in 2013.

In 2012, when Carimi saw his most extensive action, he did not have a good season. He played 941 snaps and negative grades for overall blocking, passing blocking and run blocking. He gave up seven sacks, nine quarterback hits and 34 hurries.

He was rated as the 73rd (out of 80) best tackle in the league, by profootballfocus.com.

Carimi could be in the mix for the starting right guard or right tackle spots, which were held mainly by Garrett Reynolds and Jeremy Trueblood, respectively, last season.  

He was the Outland trophy as the nation’s top interior lineman and was an All-America selection as a senior at Wisconsin.

Carimi will be reunited with Falcons offensive line coach Mike Tice, who was with the Bears for his first two seasons in the league.

79 comments
BulldawgRick
BulldawgRick

I believe this is a good sign..  Dude should have a lot left in the tank, so to speak.  He's still young & growing into the NFL game. 

I'd love to have the Conrad Dobler type player that's still out there - Ritchie Incognito - on this OL!!!

WhopperDawg
WhopperDawg

Not bad for what I hope is a flyer. Tice knows him, whether that is good or bad, I don't know.


What does concern is that it smacks a bit of the oft TD mantra of "I am the smartest guy in the world", and even he has been a bust everywhere, he can turn him around.


I trust they are just taking a shot in what should be a somewhat knowledgeable dark.

Falcons63
Falcons63

Some guys kick around for several years before they find there way in the NFL.  Look back at the career of Tyson Clabo.  He was cut... practice squad material etc.. for several years before finding a spot with the Falcons.  Hopefully Carimi will have a similar route to success.  Very little risk with potential reward.  Why not take a shot?  I doubt this is the last move you will see regarding the offensive line.

reallygroovy
reallygroovy

arthurblank needs to just break the bank sign 2 of the best offensivelineman like incognito, or martin , and get one de a good one get a good young rb and get  , a fullback a good linebacker to go wuth our 2 good young ones and get the draft in clowney is there take him , do not trade up if hes not there get the guard from texas aand m is last name is Matthews the falcons haven't had good linemen since mike kenn and rc thieldman

savscott
savscott

Casillas and Scott Case won a Super Bowl ring with the Cowboys.   Case played with blue arm pads and laid the wood to Steeler receivers all day long in the 95 Super Bowl.  Watch the tape.   He was a big part of that victory.

GASports
GASports

Delmas is only 26 (Will turn 27 in April) so this could be another low risk, high reward signing if the Falcons choose to do so and he's affordable. Signing Delmas all but eliminates the chance of signing a guy like Jairus Byrd or T.J. Ward, so take that how you will.

Barves_Loss_Agian
Barves_Loss_Agian

Way 2 go Dummytroff. U cant wait 4 the draft 2 pix a total bust so U have 2 sigh one form anoter team. 


Can U all see waht i am tlakin abut? 

SeenThatB4
SeenThatB4

LOL!  Another falcan't acquisition that will spend the majority of his time in the whirlpool and on the injury list.  He's already had a history of knee problems should be the first clue.

GEAUX SAINTS!!!

Leviathan
Leviathan

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports the Broncos and Falcons are interested in free agent FS Louis Delmas.

Leviathan
Leviathan

This is a typical Atlanta Falcons signing. Thomas Dimitroff truly believes he has his starting 5 O-linemen already on the roster. That's why he keeps telling you that it's important to "develop". It is important to develop but not while there are on the field with your 100+ million $ investment. Carimi is not even depth. Would you want this guy being responsible for protecting Matt Ryan if a starter went down? That means he's not quality depth if your answer(and it better be) is no.

Dman
Dman

This guy can't be any worse than Trueblood or Holmes. He's young and big and a former outland trophy winner. He must have something. Remember Tony Cassilis? Terrible his first few years for us and pretty darn good for Dallas who took a chance on him. I look for us to add at least two additional accomplished free agents for the OLine before the draft. Then we will concentrate on Defense for the draft.

Rise up Atlanta, 2014 will be a great year...

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

Amazing!!

Absolutely amazing!!

Half you folks had NO IDEA who Incognito was until this season.

Do you remember Incognito at Nebraska?

How bout Oregon?

What about St. Louis?

JSSN
JSSN

@Falcons63  

It took Clabo 3 seasons and a whole lot of getting beat and changing positions to get solid. Amazing that you folks forget that. More importantly, you think your window is wide enough to be doing this!

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

Biggest lick I ever saw Jerry Rice(aka the greatest football player of all time) take was delivered by Scott Case.

Unfortunately Case was a Cowboy when he delivered it.

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

Well, you gotta ask yourself is Byrd or Ward worth likely 1/3 of our shopping money?

We'll likely hit free agency with 18-22 mil to blow.

Those 2 ain't coming cheap!! Neither is worth 5-7 per to the Falcons when you've got a roster with gaping holes all over the place.

I'm looking at D-Tackles like Raji, McDonald, Starks, Jones, Peters(our guy) that we could possibly land 2 of those for the price of either Safety.

I'd fire ~6 mil at Orapko over the 2 Safeties. He's closer to the LOS.

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

Hahaha

Tess...He couldn't control himself!!

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

Why am I not necessarily against inking Delmas?

.......oh yea, I always try to forget Thomas DeCoud is one of our starting Safeties!! :(

atlmertens
atlmertens

@Leviathan  Everybody RELAX!! This is just taking a shot to see.  He won't make it through training camp if he is bad.  Free Agency hasn't even started yet and you're claiming that TD isn't going to bring a starting offensive linemen.  CALM DOWN DUDE 

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

Leviathan.....It's madness.

You're 100% correct, Hair-Gel envisions his 2-Deep heading to Training Camp are Baker, Blalock, Hawley, Konz, Holmes, Johnson, Schrader, Reynolds, Gunn & now Carimi.

The fact Garrett Reynolds is still under contract with the team is a slap in the face to what Nicholas contributed here.

JSSN
JSSN

@BigCrimson75  

You're dripping huge sarcasm this week, what got into you?

@Dman Not sure what you were watching but Tony was very good in Atlanta and the only reason he did not stay was because he was sick of losing.

JSSN
JSSN

@Dman  

Tony Mandrich has an Outland Award! This just keeps getting better and better!!!

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

Tony Casillas wasn't anything close to this guy -- He just played on terrible Falcons teams.

Sorry, but not a good comparison.

JSSN
JSSN

@Dman

Ha ha, you need to see  what Bears fans (a team that was desperate for for even adequate linemen) think of Carimi! Konz and Gabe can get together and relive their glory in Madison!!! You continue to prove you never watch anybody but the Falcons!

notPlanB
notPlanB

I didn't know who Sam Baker was until TD wasted a pick to move up to the first round to get him, so what's your point?

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

Harvey Dahl is gonna get cut by the Rams soon........Wouldn't you rather have him back instead of Incognito?

JSSN
JSSN

@BigCrimson75  

You mean that short crossing pattern in the playoff game?

JSSN
JSSN

@FalconJames @SeenThatB4  

Seriously, not to make this "personal" but as badly as teams needed O-lineman across the league last year (especially MERSA TB), he (Carimi) couldn't catch a cold's worth of attention! It is just amazing!

JSSN
JSSN

@atlmertens

People like always say that mess when the Falcons waste time and Dead Money space on folks like Vince Manuwai (remember him?) or Lofa Tatapu, Kerry Meier, and greats like Coy Wire!

@BigCrimson75 Tony played very well while with the Falcons, don't know why everybody is busting on him.


He left because he was sick of losing, they could not pay him enough money to stay.

Dman
Dman

How about Desmond Howard, 4th overall pick played well for Greenbay. Point being, he is a cheap addition who "could" pay off if he turns his career around. Worth the risk. Roll Tide

atlmertens
atlmertens

@JSSN Of course they hate him.  He was a 1st round pick that didn't work.  We just signed the dude to see if he has something left we can work with.  If he doesn't work out then you cut him in training camp and lose nothing.  HOW DO YOU NOT GET THIS MAN?   

Dman
Dman

@JSSN

I have the NFL package on Directv and I have been watching Pro football for 44 years since I was a boy. I believe in the Falcons unlike you. I believe two accomplished offensive lineman in free agency will fix the offense. I also believe that 1 Big Defensive lineman and either a 1st round DE or OLB will be just what we need to put us back on top. Without these additions, Vegas insiders believe that we will be the seventh best team in the NFL next season. Are you saying they don't know what they are talking about too?

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

As for Baker, he was a 2 Time All American & Nat'l Champion playing for USC.

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

My point?

My point is rednecks are coming outta the word work supporting a guy they think they know.

He has legions of fans NOW b/c he dropped the N word repeatedly on one of his teammates.

As a player incognito is a serviceable linemen, no more - no less.

W/O his twitter tirade, no one around here would have the slightest interest in the guy.

notPlanB
notPlanB

I would like to have them both for about 4 mil / yr each.

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

I can't say for certain it was a playoff game, but it was Case on Rice.

Rice had that uncanny ability, like a great boxer, to operate in the middle of the field/ring w/o taking big shots!!

JSSN
JSSN

@Dman  

Howard was turned into a single dimensional player by the Packers (returns)! The Packers thought so little of his receiving skills that they went and got over the hill Andre Rison off the street to be their 4th WO! I used to feel you were just a homer, now I see the real truth!!!

JSSN
JSSN

@atlmertens

I get it, you ought to get it too! Your team is not in the position to keep wasting time and money! I'd rather as a real football fan have seen them go to Canada since the CFL's free agent season started last week and gone after some "real talent" instead of more this mess! SMDH! I got it, go see my answer to your swipe at Levithan!

JSSN
JSSN

@Dman  

"You will be hating more later this year when the Falcons beat your team."

I've been shaking in my boots at that threat since 2008! Ha ha, NOT!!!

JSSN
JSSN

@Dman  

Most Vegas bookies had the Niners in the SB, the books love people like you!

Dman
Dman

At the beginning of the season Vegas had Denver beating Seattle in the Superbowl. Wow those loser Vegas insiders were so wrong 12 months ago weren't they??? All you haters and trolls just keep on hating. You will be hating more later this year when the Falcons beat your team.

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

JSS.....Didn't the Vegas bookies have Denver favored in the Super Bowl?

FalconJames
FalconJames

@Dman  You didn't just say you believe Vegas bookies. This is Joe Tess right??  Come on man, tell us this is Joe Tess.

JSSN
JSSN

@Dman  

Vegas bookmakers get canned like anybody else!

Dman
Dman

Vegas insiders are right most of the time. If they weren't, they wouldn't be doing what they do.

JSSN
JSSN

@Leviathan @Dman  

They blocked my answer to that foolishness! Vegas picked the Falcons in the top 7 before last season. So, suuuuuuuuuuurrrre they can be wrong!!!

Leviathan
Leviathan

@Dman Wow really? You just used Vegas insiders(bookies) to further your argument? They are bookies who take peoples money for a living dude. I hope we turn this ship around but man...Vegas bookies...really?

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