According to ESPN.com, 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.