Bobby Carpenter Officially An Ex-Cowboy

According to, the Dallas Cowboys and St. Louis rams have made it official and the rumored swap of linebacker Bobby Carpenter for offensive tackle Alex Barron is now a done deal.

Carpenter was the 18th pick of the 2006 draft for the Cowboys and was a big favorite of former Cowboys coach Bill Parcells. However, he never lived up to his top billing and many Cowboys fans had soured on him over the years, although in my opinion, last season was the best he ever looked performance wise.

Many say he fell victim to playing at inside linebacker in the 3-4 scheme and that he was more suited to play the middle linebacker position in a 4-3 alignment.

Calvin Watkins writes that Carpenter’s best game might have come in the 2006 playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks in which he started and had five tackles — including one for a loss — and deflected three passes. But when the Cowboys drafted Penn State’s Sean Lee in the second round earlier this month, it signaled that Carpenter’s time in Dallas was coming to an end.

Alex Barron, also a first round pick, was pretty much in the same situation as carpenter; never living up to expectations in St. Louis despite starting in 74 of 76 career games since being drafted. Last year, he led the NFL with five holding calls.

Barron will most likely get the chance to challenge Doug Free for the starting left tackle spot.

0 replies
  1. Nate the Cowboy Ninja
    Nate the Cowboy Ninja says:

    This is fantastic news. Now we get to see what Hudson Houck can do with this guy. If he turns him into what he was drafted to be, Hudson is the real deal. Good luck Barron! We need you more than you know!

  2. Nate the Cowboy Ninja
    Nate the Cowboy Ninja says:

    …also, even though most sources are saying he was acquired to be the swing tackle behind Doug Free, don’t be surprised to see him compete with Free and have a real shot at starting. With a $2.73 million contract and the desire to see what they have in both tackles before deciding on what both are worth long term, it just makes sense to let them both get reps with the first team this summer.

  3. Rob V.
    Rob V. says:

    I’m all for this trade. Adds another quality OL for us. I put Carpenter in with Stanback from last season. He was given his chances, but never worked out. I wish him luck in St. Louis. This will make the Boys stronger.

  4. Michael
    Michael says:

    That’s the best news that I’ve heard this off season. Being a Cowboy, I always pulled for Bobby, but he is just too slow for the position. Now we can stop giving up so many 3rd and long first downs. Can’t wait ’til the first game… Go Cowboys….


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