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Dallas Cowboys Add DT Stephen Paea, Replace Terrell McClain

Things were quiet on the front Friday, until they weren't. With essentially no new update on , forged on – and moments ago the Cowboys added a fresh body to their in DT .

Paea was with the in 2016, but started his career in 2011 as a draft pick of the . Paea played under now-Cowboys , having a career year in 2014 with six and two forced fumbles.

Stephen Paea is exactly the type of player that should have been expecting this team to target, as they let and walk at the beginning of Thursday's free agency window.

Paea isn't a flashy new addition to , but he does join a defensive line that needs all the help he can get – bringing the ability to fluidly replace McClain at the 1T position with the flexibility to play some 3T DT or LDE.

The Cowboys depth at defensive was one of their strengths in 2016 on , and now they are refilling this depth in free agency in order to keep all options available in the draft. Stephen Paea will join as the primary 1T defensive tackles on the roster currently.

Sean Martin
Sean Martin
Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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