Cowboys trade for Alex Barron

The Dallas Cowboys acquired tackle Alex Barron in a trade today from the St. Louis Rams for linebacker Bobby Carpenter.

The two teams swapped former first round draft choices, Barron 19th overall selection in 2005 NFL Draft and Carpenter 18th overall selection in 2006. "The trade brings us a player who, although he is just entering his prime years in the NFL, has 74 career starts under his belt," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. "That experience is invaluable for a young offensive lineman. It also speaks to his durability and versatility—having started at both tackle positions.

"The process of managing an offensive line is always ongoing, and this is acquisition was a great opportunity for our group."

Barron has started 74-of-76 games in his career at both right (43 starts) and left tackle (31).

Carpenter played in 58 regular season games with three starts in his four-year career in Dallas, recording 66 tackles, 3.5 sacks, one tackle for loss, four pressures and two pass breakups. He also added 45 career special teams tackles.

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