The Atlanta Falcons announced the signing of offensive lineman Gabe Carimi on Monday, a move that comes less than a week after Carimi was let go by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Falcons will be Carimi's third team in nine months. The Chicago Bears traded the offensive tackle to Tampa Bay on the eve of mini-camp last summer after Carimi had opted to workout on his own in Arizona rather than attending the Bears' voluntary workouts in Lake Forest.
Carimi was the Bears' top draft choice in 2011, the 29th pick overall. He suffered a knee injury early in his rookie season and was never a reliable contributor on the Bears' offensive line. When he fell out of favor with the organization, general manager Phil Emery was able to get back a sixth-round pick in the trade for Carimi.
In Atlanta, Carimi will be reuinted with Mike Tice, who was the Bears' offensive line coach in 2011 and offensive coordinator in 2012.