The Dallas Cowboys got some unexpecting news on Wednesday.
One of the team’s free agent finds from this past off-season has decided to hang up his cleats. Defensive tackle, Stephen Paea informed the Cowboys that he will be retiring today (via Adam Schefter).
“Cowboys’ DT Stephen Paea told Dallas coaches today that he is retiring, per source.”
Paea was a second-round pick of the Chicago Bears, in which he played under Rod Marinelli for a spell. He spent four years as a member of the Bears, before bouncing from Washington and Cleveland in 2015 and 2016.
Signing with Dallas reunited the talented DT with his former coach!
He signed with the Cowboys, hoping to pick up his career as he was reunited with Marinelli here in Dallas. It was his final year in Chicago that Paea enjoyed his best season as a pro. He finished that 2014 season with six sacks, a pair of forced fumbles, and 33 total tackles.
As a member of the Cowboys this season, Paea had a very pedestrian-like four tackles. He missed this past week with a knee injury.
During his six-plus seasons as a pro, Paea had 14 sacks, three forced fumbles, along with 129 total tackles (76 solo).
Cowboys’ DT Stephen Paea told Dallas coaches today that he is retiring, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 11, 2017
You could say that Nolan Carroll and Stephen Paea were the #Cowboys biggest free agency signings this past offseason. Both gone today. Wow.
— RJ Ochoa (@rjochoa) October 11, 2017
Reason for Cowboys DL Stephen Paea's stepping away is unclear but he did inform the team he's retiring, as @AdamSchefter said.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) October 11, 2017
The news of Paea retiring is more of a shock thing than anything else. He didn’t have much of an impact for a team that has struggled to stop the run through the early part of 2017. He was much more of a depth player than anything else to start this year. Look for the Cowboys to thumb thru the waiver wire to add a DT in the next couple weeks.
Do you think this will have an impact for the Cowboys defense?