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Tice in familiar territory with addition of OT Carimi

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM



If one offensive line coach had an opportunity to learn everything about Wisconsin offensive tackle Gabe Carimi, it was Mike Tice.

Tice’s son Nathan is a quarterback for the Badgers.

“His mom and my wife tailgate together,” Tice said Friday, the day after the Bears made Carimi their No. 1 pick. “They talked last night. There’s a lot of familiarity there.”

Tice said the four-year starter for the Badgers was the Bears’ fourth-ranked offensive lineman. Tice was especially impressed with how he performed against Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan and Iowa defensive end Adrian Clayborn last season. Both players were drafted ahead of Carimi.

He also likes Carimi’s size. The Bears are trying to get bigger up front, and Carimi is 6-7, 314 pounds.

“He has gotten better every year,” Tice said. “He’s gotten tougher every year, too. It’s nice to bring a guy into the building who’s as big as I am.”

Carimi could play either tackle position or move to guard.

“I’ve been known to move guys around a little bit,” Tice joked. “We want to get through the rest of the draft and figure out what’s going on with some of our players that are free agents and get to that part of the offseason.

“I think he’s an outside player, and we’ll make sure the day he walks into the building the spot we put him at is the spot he’s going to play for the next 10 years.”

NFL eyes trade fiasco

The league continues to investigate the Bears’ botched trade with the Ravens on Thursday.

“We’re looking into it,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello reiterated Friday night.

Bears general manager Jerry Angelo accepted responsibility for the mix-up, leading to speculation that the Bears would have to surrender the fourth-round pick originally included in the deal or some other compensation.

ESPN reported that commissioner Roger Goodell recommended the Bears compensate the Ravens in some way. Angelo, who apologized to the Ravens on Thursday, declined. On Friday, he shipped that same fourth-rounder to the Redskins to move up in the second round to select Oregon State defensive tackle Stephen Paea.

“They have rules when you do something wrong, not when you make mistakes,” Angelo said. “Let’s make that clear here. I think we made the proper amends on our part. Certainly, there was no intent.”



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