It appears that the career of Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Stephen Paea has come to an end.
Paea told the Cowboys that he is retiring from the NFL, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter’s source.
He has been dealing with a knee injury throughout the season that has forced him to miss a lot of practice. However, the Cowboys’ Week 5 loss to the Green Bay Packers was the first game that Paea has missed this season. He had started the previous four.
The Cowboys signed Paea during the offseason. He spent 2016 with Cleveland Browns, but prior to that, he was expected to be a huge contributor for the Washington Redskins. They signed him to 4-year, $21 million contract in 2015, but released him in August of the next year.
Paea played in 11 games for Washington and 13 with Cleveland, starting in one game each season.
He began his career with the Chicago Bears in 2011. They selected him in the second round of that year’s draft and he played there the first four years of his career, two with current Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli.
Paea’s best season was his final one with the Bears in 2014. He recorded 6 sacks and forced 2 fumbles.
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