Bobby Carpenter LB NE Aug 10 '78

Patriots released LB Bobby Carpenter.

Carpenter was brought back a month ago to add depth while Dunt'a Hightower recovered from a hamstring injury. Now that Hightower is healthy, the veteran linebacker is no longer needed.

Bobby Carpenter LB NE Jul 14 '78

Patriots will re-sign LB Bobby Carpenter.

Carpenter was released at final cuts by the Pats. He's back now thanks to Dont'a Hightower's hamstring issue.

Bobby Carpenter LB NE Jun 16 '78

The Chiefs worked out free agent LBs Bobby Carpenter and Bryan Kehl.

Bobby Carpenter LB NE Jun 12 '78

Patriots released LB Bobby Carpenter.

Bobby Carpenter LB NE Apr 19 '78

The Boston Herald believes LB Bobby Carpenter will have to fight with Jeff Tarpinian and Tracy White for a roster spot.

Beat writer Jeff Howe admits it's "become clear" that Carpenter has a supporter in coach Bill Belichick, but believes at least one of Carpenter, Tarpinian and White won't make the 53-man roster. Carpenter was talked up as a potential starter in Detroit last season before ultimately playing just 261 snaps. He holds little value outside of coverage.

Bobby Carpenter LB NE Apr 11 '78

Bobby Carpenter is in the mix for the Patriots' starting strong-side linebacker job.

Carpenter has seen "a lot of playing time" during the offseason practices and is competing with Dont'a Hightower for a starting gig. With Rob Ninkovich also in the mix, the better bet is for Carpenter to work as a backup at both outside positions and do his damage in coverage in nickel formations.

Bobby Carpenter LB NE Jan 14 '78

Patriots signed LB Bobby Carpenter, formerly of the Lions.

The 2006 first-rounder was primarily a special teamer in Detroit, playing less than a quarter of the defensive snaps last season. The six-year veteran will add depth at linebacker for the Patriots. His father, Rob, played under Bill Belichick with the Giants in the 1980s.

Bobby Carpenter LB NE May 13 '77

Lions re-signed LB Bobby Carpenter.

The Lions really made a concerted effort to improve their linebacker corps this offseason. By signing Justin Durant and Stephen Tulloch in free agency while also retaining Carpenter, they are now deep at the position. Carpenter can back up both outside 'backer spots.

Bobby Carpenter LB NE May 11 '77

The Lions are "hopeful but not holding their breath" on re-signing LB Bobby Carpenter.

Beat writers talked up Carpenter and Ashlee Palmer as potential starters this offseason, but the Lions front office was aiming much higher with the Justin Durant and Stephen Tulloch signings. Carpenter isn't likely to find a starting opportunity elsewhere.

Bobby Carpenter LB NE Apr 18 '77

According to the Detroit News, the Lions expect free agent Bobby Carpenter to compete for a starting outside linebacker job in camp if he's re-signed.

The assumption is that Carpenter will indeed be back with the Lions, who signed him last October despite there being plenty of evidence to suggest he's simply never going to be an effective NFL player. If he somehow earns a starting job, he won't be a factor in IDP leagues.