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Monday, May 10, 2010
Bobby Carpenter takes the high road

By Calvin Watkins

Let's be honest, inside linebacker Bobby Carpenter never fit in with the Cowboys.

Was he an inside linebacker?

Was he an outside linebacker?

Was he tough enough?

Was he physical?

Whichever, Carpenter was a good guy in the locker room that just wanted an opportunity to play. It didn't happen with the Cowboys. The Cowboys didn't have confidence in him to become a starter at inside linebacker.

Bradie James has had two different inside linebacker partners, Zach Thomas and Keith Brooking, the last two seasons.

Carpenter couldn't beat out Kevin Burnett for the nickel linebacker job in 2008, and last season he did get the job. But it was clear the Cowboys were looking down the line for somebody else.

To Carpenter's credit he remained classy on his way out of town, telling the St. Louis media (via Profootballtalk.com), "I don't know if throwing mud at anybody does any good. I know I had the respect of a lot of my teammates down there in Dallas, and respect in the locker room, that's all that matters. What was said outside of the organization really wasn't important to me."

Carpenter was also good with the beat writers. He would talk about other things besides football -- money management and politics were some of the subjects. And on some mundane days in November, that's a good thing.