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Source: Cowboys defensive tackle Stephen Paea is retiring

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If you thought the bye week would be boring, think again. A Cowboys player retires mid-season.

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There’s a lot of talk happening about the Dallas Cowboys, and a lot of it isn’t even about football. While they are the Dallas Cowboys, this is a bit much even for them considering it’s their bye week. All of that is hitting a new level as one of their defensive tackles, Stephen Paea, is officially retiring per a source.

Stephen Paea signed with the Cowboys this past offseason on a one-year deal. It’s become a bit of a thing for Rod Marinelli to bring in a defensive lineman he knows well, and Paea filled that role this season.

Paea has dealt with knee issues for some time, to the point he’s gotten a few practices off lately with the Cowboys. He was inactive for the first time this past Sunday during the team’s game against the Green Bay Packers, and it appears he’s done for good now.

Paea’s retirement comes on the same day that word surfaced about the Cowboys releasing Nolan Carroll. They were two of the team’s bigger free agency signings this past offseason (the Cowboys didn’t make any huge signings) and they are both now gone permanently. They both began the season as starters.

With no Paea on the team the Dallas Cowboys only defensive tackles are now second-year star Maliek Collins and Brian Price who the team claimed off waivers in the final hours of their initial 53-man roster construction. David Irving spent a lot of time in that position against the Packers, it may have to be more of a permanent thing for him now.