Carpenter, a first-round draft pick from Ohio State in 2006, was selected by former Cowboys head coach Bill Parcells. Things never worked out in Dallas, but Parcells gave him another chance with the Dolphins in 2010, while he was running Miami's front office. Carpenter's father, Rob, was a running back for Parcells and Bill Belichick on the Giants in the 1980s.
The Patriots will be Carpenter's fourth team since 2010, as he's also played for the Rams and Lions.
Carpenter, who turns 29 in August, can play outside in the 3-4, and he has also played in nickel packages and special teams. Carpenter isn't a lock to make the team.
Photo via Facebook/Bobby Carpenter