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When the dust settled from the NFL draft, Jerry Jones had said that the team would explore adding depth at a few positions, including the offensive line. News also had leaked out on draft weekend that LB Bobby Carpenter was one of a few Cowboys who were being shopped.
Although he hasn't yet been traded, Carpenter has been discussed as a trade chip with the Rams for bust-to-date OT Alex Barron. It would be a swap of failed former first-round picks, allowing both players to start their careers over in new cities. All that appears to stand in the way of the deal is Barron, a restricted free agent, signing his $2.62 million tender offer.
The deal would give the Cowboys depth at tackle, something that is a bit thin with only Robert Brewster (who is coming off a season-ending injury and hasn't yet played an NFL game), Pat McQuistan and rookie Sam Young on the roster. Brewster also can play guard, but Young is considered strictly a right tackle — and a project — at this point.
The irony of such a deal is that the team let penalty-prone Flozell Adams go in the offseason, and one of the biggest knocks on Barron is his horrible penchant for jumping offside and getting called for holding. But Barron also has played both tackle spots and could win the swing OT job if the deal goes through.
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