The Patriots today announced they have come to terms with former first-round pick, free agent linebacker Bobby Carpenter.
He was originally selected with the 18th overall pick of the 2006 NFL Draft out of Ohio State by the Cowboys. He never lived up to the hype with Dallas, as he started just three of 58 games in Dallas before he was traded to the Rams in exchange for offensive tackle Alex Barron in 2010.
Carpenter did not make the Rams’ 53-man roster and was released at the end of training camp.
Signed by the Dolphins, Carpenter started two of five games and made 10 tackles before he was placed on waivers in mid-October. Signed by the Detroit Lions, Carpenter has started five of 26 games over the last two seasons, totaling 59 tackles and returning his first interception 34 yards for a touchdown.
Of the 165 tackles Carpenter has made in his career, 59 have come on special teams, an area he is most likely to looked at to contribute in 2012.