Carpenter Likes Opportunity Presented in Trade to St. Louis
By Steve Wilmoth
June 26, 2010
ELIZABETHTON – Bobby Carpenter joined the Dallas Cowboys in time for the 2006 season. The first-round draft pick and 18th overall selection that year out of Ohio State struck up an immediate friendship with tight end Jason Witten – one that’s routinely brought Carpenter to Elizabethton the past several years to help with Witten’s annual football camp.
“It’s a pleasure to be here and help Jason again with his camp,” said Carpenter while signing footballs, jerseys and pictures for camp-goers. “It’s another great turn out this year.”
Carpenter was indeed back on Dave Rider Field Saturday but no longer as a Witten teammate. After four years in Dallas, Carpenter was traded on May 10 to the St. Louis Rams for offensive tackle Alex Barron.
“It’s tough to leave on a personal level with a lot of great friends and lot of great players in Dallas, but the defensive opportunity will probably be better for me up there,” explained Carpenter. “I’m excited to go and make the most of it.”
Carpenter will play under first-year head coach Steve Spagnuolo, the architect of the New York Giants defense that shut down the undefeated New England Patriots, 17-14, in Super LXII and first-year defensive coordinator Ken Flajole, the former Carolina Panther linebacker coach.
Witten said it was tough to see his friend leave the Cowboys, but says the new defensive philosophy in St. Louis may be a better fit. Carpenter recorded 96 tackles in the 3-4 Dallas defense in four seasons.
“The trade, that’s part of the business, you understand that,” said Witten. “I think being in a 4-3 might be a better fit for him [Carpenter] and be a better opportunity for him to go to.”
Carpenter said the trade that sent him from Dallas won’t keep him from Elizabethton.
“The kids love it here,” added Carpenter. “They are so passionate and so excited. Their youthful exuberance is something that really brings your energy level up when you see them out here.”