It's Official: Cowboys Deal Bobby Carpenter To Rams For Alex Barron

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Cowboys Trade LB Bobby Carpenter To The Rams For OT Alex Barron

The trade that was expected to go down on Monday went off without a hitch.

According to ESPN's Calvin Watkins, the Cowboys and Rams finalized a trade that will send OT Alex Barron to Dallas and LB Bobby Carpenter to St. Louis.

For a Cowboys perspective of this, check out Blogging The Boys and for the Rams, Turf Show Times.

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Rams OT Alex Barron Signs Tender, Opens Door To Be Traded To Cowboys

The wheels are in motion for the Rams and Cowboy to finalize a trade that will send Bobby Carpenter to St. Louis and Alex Barron to Dallas.

According to NFL.com's Steve Wyche, Alex Barron has signed his restricted free agent tender.

Barron couldn't be traded until he signs that and is officially under contract so this is another piece to the puzzle in completing the trade.

Now that he's signed, the Rams can deliver him to Dallas.

For more on the Rams, check out SB Nation's Turf Show Times.

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Cowboys, Rams Trade Expected To Go Down On Monday

The trade that various folks have reported as all but done is expected to be completed on Monday, according to ESPN's Calvin Watkins.

The terms, according to reports, would be the Cowboys sending LB Bobby Carpenter to St. Louis while the Rams ship OT Alex Barron to Dallas.

Each player will have to take a physical to complete the trade.

For a Cowboys perspective, check out Blogging the Boys. For the Rams, it's Turf Show Times.

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Cowboys, Rams Trade Could Be Done As Soon As Friday

Multiple reports indicate the Cowboys and Rams are close to a trade that would send Bobby Carpenter to St. Louis and Alex Barron to Dallas.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, a deal could be done as soon as Friday.

Again, Barron must sign his one-year tender as a restricted free agent before he can be traded, and the earliest that can happen with the contract turned into the league is now Friday.

Obviously both players must pass a physical as well, which is standard procedure for any trade.

The Rams used the second overall pick last year on Jason Smith, who figures to take over left tackle.

Check out a good rundown of this trade from a St. Louis point of view over at SB Nation's Turf Show Times.

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Rams Fans Weigh In On Rumored Alex Barron-For-Bobby Carpenter Trade

We know the Cowboys fans would approve of a trade that ships Bobby Carpenter to St. Louis and brings Alex Barron to Dallas, but what do Rams fans think about the rumored deal?

Like the Cowboys fans, they like it. SB Nation's Turf Show Times weighs in:

On the surface, it seems like a wise move for the Rams. They deal from a position of strength, OT, and get a former first round pick whose still young enough to develop into a useful role. Worst case scenario: the Rams get a situational nickel linebacker to help them with tight ends.     

TST also points out that the Rams coaches have had success with linebackers as of late pointing to David Vobora as an example.

As of now, over 75% of fans would approve of the trade, according to a poll at Turf Show Times.

Check out the full reaction over at Turf Show Times.

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Cowboys Fans Would Approve Of A Bobby Carpenter-For-Alex Barron Trade

So what do Cowboys fans think about the rumored trade that would send LB Bobby Carpenter to the Rams for OT Alex Barron? Here's what SB Nation's Blogging The Boys had to say:

Not only would the Cowboys rid themselves of Carpenter, thus opening up room for Jason Williams and Sean Lee to grow; but, it would also add an experienced player at the offensive tackle position.

Sounds like a good deal to me, even though the article said Barron is a "false start machine".

On the surface, it certainly seems like a good deal for the 'Boys.

Check out more reaction from Cowboys fans over at Blogging The Boys.

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Report: Cowboys And Rams Close To Bobby Carpenter-for-Alex Barron Trade

It appears that the Cowboys and Rams are closing in on finalizing a swap of disappointing former first-round picks. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, a proposed trade of Cowboys linebacker Bobby Carpenter for Rams offensive tackle Alex Barron seems imminent, although nothing is official yet.

For the Cowboys, Barron could help fill the hole of the recently released Flozell Adams, likely competing for the starting spot with incumbent Doug Free. However, given Barron's well-chronicled motivation issues and penchant for penalties, it's difficult to envision him coming out atop Dallas' depth chart. Still, getting anything for Bobby Carpenter, who has been a massive bust in Dallas, likely seems like a win for the Dallas faithful (and front office) at this point.

As for the Rams, Barron became expendable after the team drafted offensive tackle Roger Saffold out of Indiana at the top of the second round of this past draft. Pairing Saffold with last year's first-rounder (and second overall pick) Jason Smith should theoretically leave St. Louis with a pair of solid bookends for the next decade. The one complicating factor is that Barron is a restricted free-agent, meaning he has to sign his tender offer for the trade to go through. And while Carpenter may not be much more than a special teams player for the Rams, their defense is depleted enough that he could get on the field -- and the expectations for him will likely be low enough -- that it's certainly possible the change of scenery could help him jump start his moribund career.

For more on all things Cowboys and Rams, check out Blogging The Boys and Turf Show Times.

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