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Pats release Bobby Carpenter

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With receiver Greg Salas joining the Pats via trade from the Rams and New England getting offensive lineman Matt Tennant on waivers from the Saints, the Patriots needed to clear one roster spot.  (They had only 52 on Friday after the cut-down dust settled.)

The Pats cleared that spot by cutting linebacker Bobby Carpenter.

Carpenter, a Bill Parcells’ first-round pick in Dallas six years ago, appeared in 16 games with three starts for the Lions last season.  Carpenter’s interception return for a touchdown against the Cowboys helped fuel a stunning second-half comeback last October.

Carpenter immediately becomes a free agent.  Since he’s a vested veteran, he could be signed by the Pats or someone else after Week One, at which time his full salary wouldn’t be fully guaranteed.  He was due to earn $700,000 with the Patriots.

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8 Responses to “Pats release Bobby Carpenter”
  1. jimnaizeeum says: Sep 1, 2012 7:19 PM

    Bust as a 1st rounder for the cowboys, but could be very serviceable as a backup somewhere…Philly?

  2. descendency says: Sep 1, 2012 7:43 PM

    Cut a guy from a position that is already thin…

    Interesting.

  3. source7769 says: Sep 1, 2012 8:13 PM

    played pretty solid in a backup role and on special teams for Detroit wouldnt mind him back instead of doug hogue

  4. egroj3002 says: Sep 1, 2012 8:23 PM

    Being already thin due to injuries to key LBs, I’ll like to see the Steelers taking a long hard look on getting this guy in the lines for 700K…

  5. j0esixpack says: Sep 1, 2012 8:28 PM

    Carpenter is the type of player who no team will want to guarantee his contract by having him on the roster for Week 1.

    Time will tell but he’s the type of player who may opt to come back to the Patriots for week 2

  6. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Sep 1, 2012 8:39 PM

    Cowboy fans know that Carpenter looks like Tarzan but plays like Jane.

  7. exibitsman says: Sep 1, 2012 8:45 PM

    I think REX will sign this guy he’s a decent backup.

  8. jolink653 says: Sep 2, 2012 11:18 AM

    He’ll be back after week 1

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