Free Agency Countdown: OL Gabe Carimi

Editor's note: Prior to the start of the new league year on March 10, AJC.Com is counting down the top unrestricted free agents the Atlanta Falcons must decide on this offseason. At the combine general manager Thomas Dimitroff stated that team meet with agents for linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, special teamer Eric Weems and nose tackle Corey Peters.

FLOWERY BRANCH – Gabe Carimi, a former first-round pick by the Chicago Bears, was a valuable reserve last season.

After washing out with the Bears and the Buccaneers, Carimi reunited with offensive line coach Mike Tice, who was his offensive coordinator in Chicago, and played in all 16 games and made seven starts.

He played left tackle, right tackle, right guard and some jumbo tight end. Team is expected to try to upgrade along the offensive line as they shift to an outside-zone blocking scheme and hope to improve their pass protection.

Gabe Carimi, fourth-year veteran

The skinny: Likely unrestricted free agent

The snaps: He played 597 snaps (215 as a run blocker and 382 as a pass blocker, according to Pro Football Focus).

The stats: Only left tackle Jake Matthews and center James Stones were rated lower than Carimi by Pro Football Focus. He had seven penalties and gave up five sacks, seven hits and 19 quarterback hurries.

2014 salary: $645,000 base salary, plus $65,000 signing bonus and 122,400 roster bonus.


DB Javier Arenas

LB Kroy Biermann

K Matt Bryant

G-T Gabe Carimi

S Charles Godfrey

G Mike Johnson

S Dwight Lowery

DE Cliff Matthews

CB Robert McClain

TE Bear Pascoe

DT Corey Peters

RB Jacquizz Rodgers

OT Jonathan Scott

RB Antone Smith

DE Osi Umenyiora

LB Sean Weatherspoon

WR Eric Weems

CB Josh Wilson

QB T.J. Yates


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D. Orlando Ledbetter
D. Orlando Ledbetter
D. Orlando Ledbetter is the Atlanta Falcons beat writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.