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Gabe Carimi passes physical, Buccaneers cut Nick Speller

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The trade is now official: Carimi is a Buc.

Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have now officially traded for Gabe Carimi, which means the offensive tackle passed his physical despite being limited by a knee injury the past two seasons. The Bucs hope that his poor play last year was due more to a bum knee than a lack of ability, and that he is now past that. Reuniting him with his college offensive line coach certainly won't hurt, at least.

Mark Dominik told the Tampa Bay Times that Carimi would provide competition, their "favorite word". More significantly, perhaps, Dominik noted that Carimi can play both right tackle and guard, which gives the Bucs more depth. Dominik acknowledged Carimi's generally poor play, but also noted that he "could see he was not 100 percent." We'll see whether that changes this season. As a former first-round pick, Carimi certainly has the talent to do well, although he's unlikely to beat out right tackle Demar Dotson for the starting job.

The Bucs cut undrafted rookie Nick Speller to create room for Carimi on the roster.

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