The Chicago Tribune reports the Bears don't want to cut G/T Gabe Carimi.
Carimi's $1.016 million base salary is fully guaranteed, so the Bears would rather give him a chance to stick at guard than move on just two years after making him a first-round pick. Carimi has been skipping OTAs to train with former NFLer LeCharles Bentley in Arizona. He won't be competing for a starting job when he makes his way back to the Windy City for minicamp.
Bears LE Corey Wootton took some snaps at defensive tackle at OTAs Tuesday.
Wootton (6-foot-6, 270) will be the starter at left end, but Chicago uses its defensive linemen all over the front. Since the team has opted not to re-sign DE Israel Idonije, who frequently kicked inside, Wootton is getting the first crack at Izzy's old position. The former fourth-round pick is entering the final year of his rookie deal. Wootton recorded eight sacks last season.
The Chicago Tribune thinks TE Fendi Onobun could have a "significant role" on the Bears if he continues to perform as well as he has this offseason.
Onobun, a former basketball player, has always been known as a workout warrior who shines without pads on. He was a sixth-round pick of the Rams in 2010, and the Bears are his sixth NFL team. Onobun is long on athleticism, but he's never been able to translate it to the field and we doubt he will in Chicago.
Bears G/T Gabe Carimi is working out with former Pro Bowl C LeCharles Bentley in Arizona and is reportedly "light years" better than he was in 2012.
Bentley now runs O-Line Performance Academy after a knee injury ended his career in 2006. Carimi trained with Bentley prior to the 2011 draft. "Gabe can't go back to Chicago and be the player he was," Bentley said. "If he (does), he's failed and I've failed him, to be quite honest, and we've failed one another." Carimi is skipping OTAs, but he'll be in Chicago for mandatory minicamp in June.
Bears K Robbie Gould (calf) is "on track" to be medically cleared Thursday.
Gould injured his calf in Week 14, then had surgery to repair a ruptured semitendinosus tendon shortly after. He'll "compete" with Austin Signor for the Bears' kicking job. Gould was a top-ten fantasy kicker as recently as 2011.
Bears signed No. 20 overall pick OL Kyle Long to a four-year contract.
The Bears' selection of Long was initially classified as a reach, but it has since been reported that both the Colts and Packers were eyeing the highly athletic lineman at the bottom of round one. Long is expected to line up at right guard as a rookie, but he can also play left guard and right tackle.
Bears GM Phil Emery says G/T Gabe Carimi, who is skipping voluntary OTAs to train in Arizona, will be welcomed back with "open arms."
"Gabe has made a decision that he wants to stay in Arizona and train," Emery said. "We respect that. And he'll be welcomed with open arms when he comes back." Carimi claims he's training away from the team because it's in his best interests after multiple knee surgeries. Upon return, Carimi will compete for a backup job with Eben Britton, James Brown, and Jonathan Scott.