Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that defensive tackle Stephen Paea has told the team that he is retiring from football.
Paea started the first four games of the season but has been battling a knee injury since signing with the Cowboys as a free agent. Paea went into Jason Garrett's office on Tuesday and informed the Cowboys coach that he would be hanging up his cleats. He spent 2016 with Cleveland Browns, but prior to that, he was expected to be a huge contributor for the Washington Redskins.
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The Cowboys signed Paea to a one-year deal in March.
Paea was a second-round draft pick by the Chicago Bears in 2011. He was also named the Pac-10 defensive played of the year in 2010. His best season came in 2014 when he set career highs with 16 starts, six sacks, two forced fumbles and 33 total tackles.