Bobby Carpenter signs with Patriots

Posted by ttwentyman on April 5, 2012 – 5:09 pm

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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14 Responses to “Bobby Carpenter signs with Patriots”

  1. By craig casto life long lion fan on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply


  2. By matthew ferguson on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    He would be a really good ILB in their 3-4 system, good for Bobby, hope he gets more playing time.

  3. By Lion-Fan-In-Ohio on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    It’s sad to see Bobby leave but I do hope he gets more playing time. He went to school high school where his dad coached in Lancaster, OH right up the road from where I live. I wish the best of luck to him.

  4. By Roger Jr on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    He was good but life goes on??

  5. By Mugsey on Apr 6, 2012 | Reply

    Bobby cost us the game vs San Fran. If you watched the game, you could see Delmas wrapping up the receiver on the 4 yard line on a 4th and goal from the 6. Bobby was running across the end zone away from the ball instead of coming up to finish the job. He had NO idea where the ball was.
    Dont need him.

  6. By lurshawn on Apr 6, 2012 | Reply

    If they pick up a Line backer late in the draft they should pick up the kid from Arizona.

  7. By eddie Hiller on Apr 6, 2012 | Reply

    That was not a good move not to sign Bobby

  8. By Joffre on Apr 6, 2012 | Reply

    Big body and fast but can not react. Why do you think Dallas waived him. Good back up but that’s it. Go for youth in draft.

  9. By jordan on Apr 6, 2012 | Reply

    damn this makes me sad bobby always plays with intensity sorry you are not back a hell of a backup hope durant can stay healthy

  10. By Aaron on Apr 6, 2012 | Reply

    I always liked the way Bobby Carpenter played for the Lions, and I usually don’t like Buckeyes. I wish him well!

  11. By ashevillain on Apr 6, 2012 | Reply

    Damn. He wasn’t the best but he was a good backup/special teamer and he played with tons of heart. He’s replaceable but probably not at the low cost he would have been signed for.

  12. By jerry on Apr 7, 2012 | Reply

    i agree with you all,the brain trust got it wrong on this one.carpenter was solid,frickin solid. look what he did at dallas when the lions were trying real hard to lose that game it was bobby that came through and changed the whole game for the lions. he will be missed by us lions fans.

  13. By wendymaddy on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    I am really surprised that they let Bobby Carpenter get away. He played very well after learning not to false start. He worked very hard and effectively at his position and did a lot of good for the team. He let one get away from him when it really counted, but nobody’s perfect all the time. I am assuming the coaches think they can improve this position with other choices, and will defer to their superior knowledge of the total situation.

  14. By Detroit Lions #1 on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    I hate to see Bobby go, but I’m excited for young Doug Hogue!

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