Linebacker Bobby Carpenter ain't going nowhere.
Except, that is, back to Dallas after he finishes celebrating his anniversiary with his wife this week in Napa.
But the Cowboys are not going to trade Carpenter.
Is it something they considered and wanted to do earlier in the offseason?
Carpenter has never struck the fancy of coach Wade Phillips. And the Cowboys were actually trying to do Carpenter a favor by moving him to a team that would be a better fit for him.
But those plans have been scuttled.
No. 1, the Cowboys haven't had any serious takers or Carpenter might be gone.
Remember it takes two to make a trade. Also remember the Cowboys wanted to trade S Roy Williams before simply releasing him. The Cowboys tried to send him to Detroit for quarterback Jon Kitna but the Lions wanted cornerback Anthony Henry.
No. 2, the Cowboys need Carpenter following the loss of Kevin Burnett who signed a free agent contract with the Chargers. The Cowboys have no depth at inside linebacker behind starters Bradie James and Keith Brooking. And at this point in his career, Brooking is just a two-down linebacker.
The Cowboys will address the position in the draft and possibly down the line in free agency. But at this point, they need Carpenter to possibly serve a nickel linebacker and give them some insurance in case Brooking or James goes down.
Clarence E. Hill Jr.