Paea (knee) told Cowboys coaches Wednesday he would retire from professional football, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Paea has been dealing with this nagging knee injury for weeks, but he only missed the Cowboys' past game against the Packers. With the injury apparently impacting Paea's desire to play, the veteran defensive tackle will call it quits after a solid seven-year career that also included stops in Chicago, Washington and Cleveland. David Irving, Maliek Collins and Brian Price are now the remaining defensive tackles on the Cowboys' roster.

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