Bears’ Gabe Carimi skips OTA’s

According to Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com, Bears offensive lineman Gabe Carimi didn’t show up for the first day of OTA’s and likely won’t be showing up for the next few days.

Former Chicago Bears first-round draft pick Gabe Carimi was a no-show at Halas Hall on Monday when the team took the field for the first organized team activity of the offseason, according to a source familiar with the situation.

Carimi seems to feel like its better for him to work out in Arizona.

According to multiple sources, Carimi hasn’t been with the team since he participated in the club’s voluntary three-day minicamp held from April 16-18. Following the conclusion of the minicamp, Carimi informed the Bears he planned to skip the second phase of the Bears’ offseason program that included individual on-field work and positional meetings in favor of returning to Arizona to continue his offseason training.

Carimi felt working out in Arizona gave him the best opportunity to return to the field healthy and avoid the knee problems that have plagued him the last two years, a source said.

I hope those workouts in Arizona pay off for Carimi who may end up getting released if he doesn’t improve from last season.