Cowboys DT Stephen Paea Retires

The Dallas Cowboys won't have starting DT Stephen Paea for the rest of the season. Paea has elected, surprisingly, to retire effective immediately. 

Paea has battled a knee issue this year, but was still starting for the Cowboys. He was the team's starting DT, usually lining up as a nose guard. He did not play in Week 5 because of the knee injury and that surely is why he's retiring.  

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With Paea retired, the Cowboys could give more snaps to Brian Price. They'll also likely look to add another defensive lineman. Before the injury, Paea averaged about 36 snaps per game. 

Paea and CB Nolan Carroll were the Cowboys' two biggest free agency signings this year. Carroll was cut earlier Wednesday, meaning both are no longer with Dallas. 


Paea was a second round pick in the 2011 draft by the Chicago Bears. He's also played for the Cleveland Browns and Washington Redskins. 

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