Linebacker Bobby Carpenter, the Dallas Cowboys’ first overall pick in 2006, parted ways with his third team in less than six months on Monday when, according to multiple sources, he was cut by the Miami Dolphins.
An Ohio State product, Carpenter was traded from the Cowboys to the St. Louis Rams in exchange for fellow 2006 first round bust, tackle Alex Barron. Carpenter didn’t make it out of camp with the Rams, though, and was signed by the Dolphins shortly thereafter.
Carpenter was tied for the team lead in special teams tackles with four, but had a number of costly miscues that most likely, along with the return of inside linebacker Channing Crowder, meant his ouster. These miscues included a blown blocking assignment that led to a blocked punt, and a missed tackle that led to a kickoff return for a touchdown in the Dolphins Monday night loss to the Patriots two weeks ago.
Dolphins’ special teams coordinator John Bonamego was fired after this game and, after, special teams coordinator for the New York Jets, Bill Westhoff more or less accused Carpenter of costing Bonamego his job. Of course, he didn’t name Carpenter, but the implication was clear.
Carpenter spent four seasons with Dallas, from 2006 to 2009.
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