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Cowboys TE James Hanna Retiring

In an unexpected bit of pre-draft news, backup will be retiring after six seasons. He was drafted by the Cowboys in of the 2012 .

The news of Hanna's was first reported by 's Todd Archer:

Hanna, who turns 29 in July, missed all of 2016 with that knee issue and has had two surgeries. He was active for all 16 games last season but wasn't used much on , only having four catches. James did catch his first and only NFL touchdown in the team's Week 4 loss to the .

Many thought Hanna would be a casualty this , but a retirement has the same effect on the cap. The Cowboys now save $2.75 million off his scheduled $3.5 mullion cap hit in 2018.

James Hanna has stuck around this long thanks to being a proficient blocker and one of the standout players on . , entering the final year of his rookie deal, will likely be trusted to fill those roles.

That said, tight end was already a targeted position for the Cowboys in next week's draft. Losing Hanna only give the team more incentive to add more talent.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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