The Atlanta Falcons have signed former Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive lineman Gabe Carimi, the team announced Monday afternoon.
Carimi was released by the Bucs on Feb. 25, less than a year after Tampa traded away a 2014 sixth-round pick to Chicago for his services.
He was brought in to push starting right tackle Demar Dotson but ended up starting two games at left guard in the absence of Carl Nicks, who was diagnosed with MRSA.
Carimi then suffered a bout of mononucleosis. At one point, he said he was sleeping 14 hours a day for two weeks and lost 20 pounds. It also caused his spleen to enlarge.
He was cleared to return to action in Week 6 and in Week 7 against the Falcons, he started at tight end.
The move reunites Carimi with former Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice, now the Falcons’ offensive line coach, who worked with Carimi for two seasons.
The 29th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, Carimi was largely viewed as a disappointment in Chicago.
He started just two games his rookie year before suffering a season-ending knee injury. The next season, he would go on to start 10 games right guard before he was replaced by Jonathan Scott.
In Tampa he never lived up to first-round billing either. He was a serviceable backup and his versatility provided added value on an offensive line still coping with injuries from the previous season.