Is Alex Barron the Answer to the Dallas Cowboys' O-Line Woes?

Pat DeColaCorrespondent IMay 8, 2010

The Cowboys are one step closer to landing former first-rounder Alex Barron from the St. Louis Rams.

Clearing one of the last remaining hurdles in the proposed deal, Barron signed his restricted free agent tender offer of $2.62 million on Friday, making him eligible to become a welcomed face in Dallas as early as Monday.

Shipping out will be 2006's 18th overall pick Bobby Carpenter, who failed to live up to expectations in Big D, amassing just 57 tackles in 58 career games, only three of which he started.

Both players still have to pass physicals, but the trade seems to be a go.

After pinning Doug Free as the replacement for the waived former-Pro Bowler Flozell Adams, there is no question that Dallas was in need of depth on the offensive line.

But is Barron the answer?

Adams drew criticism for his difficulty with the hard count, drawing an outrageous 29 false starts over the course of the past four seasons.

However, Barron was nailed for a league-high five holding penalties last year and has amassed five more false starts than Flozell had over the same period of time.

And for a certain quarterback anticipating some very necessary extra protection for the upcoming season, it is worth mentioning that Barron has allowed 33 sacks in his five-year career.

Now, this isn’t to say that Barron will produce on the bust-type level that Rams fans have come to expect from the 6’7” tackle out of Florida State, but it is a word to the wise: Be cautious.

However, a change of scenery is coming at the right time for both Barron and Carpenter.

Carpenter never quite found his niche in the 3-4 scheme in Dallas. A less pressure-filled, rebuilding franchise in St. Louis will give him a chance to rejuvenate his career in a system that more suits his style of play.

With lower expectations set for him, the trade will give the 27-year-old Barron an opportunity to remind people of why he was drafted so high in the first place.

He was, after all, one of three finalists for the Outland Trophy and was a consensus first-team All-American.

As with many things, only time will tell if this proposed trade will yield success for the Dallas Cowboys.

Overall, though, it lends a chance to give two struggling players in the middle of their careers another go-about with the hopes of finding a location where one can be productive.

Low risk, high reward.