Carpenter appeared in four games for the Patriots this season, mostly seeing time on special teams. He recorded two tackles on defense, both of which came in New England's 24-23 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Oct. 14. He signed with the Patriots as a free agent in April, but after performing well in camp, he was cut by the team on Sept. 1. He found his way back to New England a few weeks later, re-signing with the Patriots on Oct. 3 after rookie Dont'a Hightower suffered a hamstring injury.
Carpenter, an Ohio State product, previously spent time with the Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins and Dallas Cowboys. The seventh-year pro has started just 10 games in his career, and has accumulated 167 tackles, 3.5 sacks and an interception during his time in the league.