Linebacker Bobby Carpenter is not returning to the Lions this season.
Carpenter, 28, has signed with the Patriots, the team announced on their website. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Last season, Carpenter played in 16 games with three starts for the Lions and recorded 29 total tackles and his first career interception at Dallas Oct. 2. Carpenter returned that interception 34 yards for a touchdown, which helped spearhead a Lions 34-30 come-from-behind victory from a 27-3 deficit.
The Lions picked up Carpenter off waivers in 2010 and he’s been a steady backup and special team’s performer for the team ever since. Carpenter’s been the Lions’ fourth linebacker the past two seasons and has had to step in and start five times over that span.
The Lions return starting linebackers Stephen Tulloch, Justin Durant and DeAndre Levy. They’ve also signed reserve linebacker Ashlee Palmer to a one-year deal and are excited about second-year linebacker Doug Hogue.
“I think the way you stay a quality football team is by having young guys in the pipeline who are coming along,” Lions general manager Martin Mayhew told reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine in February.
“Doug Hogue should be that type of player for us at linebacker. We want to continue to look for guys that are in that role.”
The Lions are looking pretty good at linebacker, but could still add another body via the draft or free agency before it’s all said and done.
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