The deal that sent LB Bobby Carpenter to St. Louis in exchange for T Alex Barron was finalized yesterday afternoon, adding some depth to the Cowboys' offensive line. Barron seems a prime candidate for the swing tackle position, but, according to owner and general manager Jerry Jones, he may challenge Doug Free for the starting job at left tackle.
"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," Jones said, per the Dallas Morning News. "That experience is invaluable for a young offensive lineman. It also speaks to his durability and versatility - having started at both tackle positions."
A first round pick in 2005, Barron, like Carpenter, is generally thought of as a bust. Dallas has had some luck in the recent past, though, with so-called busts, particularly on the offensive line: RT Marc Colombo and RG Leonard Davis were both thought of as disappointments before heading to North Texas.
In the very least, the acquisition provides Dallas some depth where they had little, in exchange for a player that was likely to be cut, at any rate.
"The process of managing an offensive line is always ongoing," Jones said, "and this is acquisition was a great opportunity for our group."