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Cowboys, Rams make Barron-for-Carpenter deal official

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By PFW staff

Now that OT Alex Barron has signed his restricted free-agent offer sheet, he has been cleared to become a Cowboy.

The Rams and Cowboys made official a trade that had been in the works for nearly a week, sending LB Bobby Carpenter to St. Louis and Barron to Dallas in a swap of failed former first-round picks.

Barron was the 19th overall pick in the 2005 draft. He is expected to be the backup left tackle in Dallas behind Doug Free, who also can play on the right side.

“The trade brings us a player who, although he is just entering his prime years in the NFL, has 74 career starts under his belt,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. “That experience is invaluable for a young offensive lineman. It also speaks to his durability and versatility — having started at both tackle positions. The process of managing an offensive line is always ongoing, and this acquisition was a great opportunity for our group.”

Carpenter was the 18th overall pick in 2006. He could compete for a starting spot with the Rams but at least will be a core special-teamer.


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