The Falcons today announced the signing of offensive lineman Gabe Carimi to a one year deal. Carimi, a former first round pick is able to play both the tackle spots as well as guard and gives the Falcons some much-needed depth along the offensive line.
Carimi was originally drafted by the Bears in 2011 out of Wisconsin and was a potential target for the Falcons if they had not made the Julio Jones trade. Carimi battled knee injuries in Chicago and was never able to live up to his high draft status. As a result he was traded to Tampa for a sixth round pick. He was released after the 2013 season.
Carimi will be reunited with offensive line coach Mike Tice who will hopefully be able to get Carimi’s career back on track. Carimi will also have another friendly face in the locker room as he was teammates with Peter Konz when the two played at Wisconsin.
At the very least Carimi gives the Falcons some depth along several positions on the offensive line. While not a huge move in the slightest it is a sensible signing by the Falcons and hopefully marks the start of a very successful off-season for Atlanta.