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The Cowboys have looked into the possibility of trading linebacker Bobby Carpenter, according to sources, but might be more reluctant to move the former first-round pick with Kevin Burnett's departure. Burnett signed a two-year deal with San Diego earlier this month, leaving Carpenter as the top backup on the roster and a leading candidate to take over Burnett's role in the substitute defensive packages.

The 18th overall pick in 2006, Carpenter has been credited with just seven tackles in the last two seasons, spending most of his time at special teams, where he has made 30 tackles in the last two seasons.

0323bcarpenter.jpg TOM FOX / DMN Bobby Carpenter (54) has seven tackles on defense since 2007. View larger More photos Photo store Carpenter is scheduled to earn an $885,000 base salary this season. He has yet to cash in on a $1.895 million incentive based on playing time, which could make a trade more difficult if he did not re-work his contract.

While Cowboys coaches want Carpenter to be more physical, he has shown in preseason work he can cover tight ends and running backs. He also has experience rushing the passer.

In addition to Carpenter at inside linebacker, the Cowboys have starters Bradie James and free-agent addition Keith Brooking and special teamer Steve Octavien.

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