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Lee In, Carpenter Out?

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Earlier this offseason, the Dallas Cowboys informed Steve Octavien that he would be moved to inside linebacker, joining Jason Williams and Bobby Carpenter behind starters Bradie James and Keith Brooking.

Last Friday, Dallas drafted Penn State's Sean Lee, an inside linebacker with a seemingly limitless upside.

What this means, according to myriad experts, is that Carpenter, a first round pick in the 2006 draft, could be on his way out of Dallas as the odd man out at the position.

According to reports, the Cowboys shopped Carpenter throughout last week's draft. No one picked him up though and, as is pointed out on ProFootballTalk.com, this is usually the harbinger of a release.

Carpenter had a more defined role last season than in any previous year, serving as the team's nickel linebacker, and handled the job well. He posted a career-high 46 tackles, two sacks, and even defended a pass; however, with Lee in the fold, a second round pick and a bargain at that, it's unlikely that these numbers will be enough to save his role.

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