The Atlanta Falcons have moved early to secure cover on the offensive line.

The Falcons announced on their official website today that former Chicago Bear offensive tackle, Gabe Carimi, has signed with the franchise.

Carimi was waved by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers recently, and because he is has already been released from his contract rather than waiting for it to expire, the player has been able to link up with the Falcons earlier than the official free agency period which begins March 11.

Carimi was a first round draft pick in 2011, having been a unanimous All-American in 2010 during his time with Wisconsin.

Originally drafted by the Bears, the 25-year old suffered a season ending injury in just his second game of his rookie year.

He returned in the 2012-13 season, starting 14 games and playing in all sixteen regular season match ups.

The player was traded to the Buccaneers in June 2013 but only started three games for the franchise last season.

The Falcons have moved early in offseason, and potentially have a good player in Carimi if he can regain the form that saw him drafted 29th overall in 2011. 

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