FLOWERY BRANCH – Offensive line Gabe Carimi, a former first-round pick by the Chicago Bears, who was a valuable reserve last season for the Falcons will become an unrestricted free agent on Tuesday, his agent Gary Uberstine informed The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday.
After stops in Chicago and Tampa Bay, 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 for the Falcons last season.
He played left tackle, right tackle, right guard and some jumbo tight end.
The Falcons are set to shift to an outside-zone blocking scheme and may not have believe that Carimi is a scheme fit. He’ll likely have a chance to land with the Raiders, where Tice landed as the offensive line coach.
Gabe Carimi, fourth-year veteran
The skinny: Will be 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.