Veteran defensive lineman Stephen Paea told the Dallas Cowboys on Wednesday that he will be retiring after seven seasons in the NFL, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Paea began the season as the Cowboy’s starting defensive tackle. In four games, however, he had only four tackles. He was inactive for last Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers due to a knee injury that had been bothering him since training camp. Paea signed as a free agent this offseason. A former second-round pick, Paea has spent time with the Chicago Bears, Washington Redskins, and Cleveland Browns throughout his career.
The Cowboys also released cornerback Nolan Carroll after he has been inactive the last few weeks, according to Schefter. Carroll was one of the bigger free agent signings the Cowboys made in the offseason, signing him to a three-year, $10 million deal. With the success of rookie Jourdan Lewis, Carroll’s tenure in Dallas was expected to end soon.
The Cowboys will be on bye this week and will be flying to San Francisco to take on the 49ers in Week 7.