If you looks up a list of the Dallas Cowboys free agents in 2018, defensive tackle Stephen Paea is among them. However, Paea's situation isn't quite like the other players entering the market this offseason.
In October, Paea informed the Cowboys that he would be retiring from football. This came as a surprise after Stephen had started the team's first four games of 2017, appearing to be a solid replacement after losing Terrell McClain. But a knee injury soon took him off the field and eventually led to the impromptu announcement.
Officially, Stephen Paea has not filed paperwork with the NFL to retire. The Cowboys placed him on injured reserve and that's how he finished the season. As such, he could still potentially play for someone next season if he's had a change of heart.
Dallas has signed Paea to just a one-year deal last season, knowing they would need some depth after losing McClain in free agency. Paea's familiarity with Rod Marinelli from working with him in Chicago helped the veteran to move into the starting lineup for Week One.
Although he turns 30 in May, Paea could still be a solid rotation player if he's fully recovered from his knee injury. Perhaps he had a change of heart about retiring, and perhaps the Cowboys would still like to do business with him.
Dallas could have need for some defensive line help with other possible departures. David Irving is a restricted free agent, and though the Cowboys will likely try to keep him there's always potential someone might try to sign him away. We could also see veteran Tyrone Crawford released to help clear cap space.
If he were to return, Stephen Paea would not doubt have to take the veteran minimum after last year's disappointment. It wouldn't be much more than $1 million, which would be a potential bargain if he's really ready to play.
Of course, retirement could still be the plan and it's just a matter of doing the paperwork.
Either way, it's unlikely that Dallas would bring Paea back after last season. There are younger guys out there, and many project that the Cowboys could spend as high as their first-round pick on a defensive tackle.
Barring a surprise, those four starts in 2017 are probably all we'll see of Stephen Paea in a Cowboys uniform.
Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for 2018
Continuity is the key to good special teams play in the NFL. Already losing long-time Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia to the Raiders - who promptly snatched ST aces Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber in free agency - the Dallas Cowboys have announced their intentions to re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for the 2018 season.
Returning on a one-year deal, the fan favorite Ladouceur will be back to do what he does best in cleanly executing almost every special teams snap for Chris Jones or Dan Bailey to handle.
Long snapper L.P. Ladouceur will re-sign with the Cowboys on Monday, according to sources, on a one-year deal. He will be in his 14th season with the franchise. Only Jason Witten, Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Bill Bates and Mark Tuinei will have more years of... https://t.co/yTQbMYyrIv
While Jones has improved as the Cowboys' punter with each passing season, Kicker Dan Bailey actually enters 2018 as another question mark on this unit. With the general belief around the team being that Bailey will be just fine moving forward, the Cowboys will no longer have to worry about who handles long snaps next year either.
L.P. Ladouceur is back in the silver and blue, and in this moment, everything can be alright with the world.
Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber
A Free Agency period filled with departures continued for the Dallas Cowboys today, as the Oakland Raiders have reportedly signed the now-former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber.
The Raiders have signed LB Kyle Wilber: https://t.co/TaC6cqjval
Wilber has been with the Cowboys since 2012, and has played in all 16 games four of the past five seasons. Most of his time has come on special teams, but he did provide solid linebacker depth for the Cowboys since joining the team.
Dallas has now lost both Wilber and Anthony Hitchens, depleting their linebacker depth even further over the last couple weeks.
The Raiders have now signed two key special teams contributors for the Cowboys in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber this offseason. Hopefully Dallas can replace these types of "replacement level" players throughout the rest of the offseason, especially during the NFL Draft.
Report: Cowboys Officially Release CB Orlando Scandrick
After requesting his release from the team just a few days ago, Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick has gotten his wish. According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Scandrick has officially been cut by the Dallas Cowboys.
I'm told the #Cowboys have informed CB Orlando Scandrick he will be released, per source.
This move will reportedly save the Cowboys roughly $1.4M against the salary cap, as we hope they finally look to make some moves during the Free Agency period.
Scandrick's release comes after an offseason in which the Cowboys totally overhauled the back end of their defense, specifically their cornerbacks. With the emergence of young, promising players such as Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis, and the health issues of the aging Scandrick, the move makes a lot of sense.
In fact, after the Cowboys drafted Awuzie in the second round of last year's draft it was rumored the Cowboys were looking to move Scandrick for extra draft picks. Instead, one year later, they have cut him to save some cap room.
Orlando Scandrick should have a market to find a new team elsewhere, but his time in Dallas has now come to a close.
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