Following the loss of several of their own players to free agency, the Dallas Cowboys re-sign one of their receiver and find a new run-stopper.
Following the loss of both defensive lineman Terrell McClain and Jack Crawford to free agency earlier this week, the Dallas Cowboys front seven was starting to look a little thin. But it didn’t take long for Dallas to start filling that void.
According to ESPN’s Todd Archer, the Cowboys have agreed to a one-year, $2 million deal with former Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Stephen Paea. The 28-year old was a former second round pick out of Oregon State back in 2011.
The Cowboys have agreed to a deal with defensive tackle Stephen Paea, according to a source. The seven-year… https://t.co/ea7bPg9B2V
— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) March 10, 2017
Paea spent his first four seasons with the Chicago Bears. And current Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli coached the 6-foot-1, 300 pound defender during his first two years in the Windy City.
Last season, Paea recorded 12 total tackles and half a sack in 13 games during his lone season with the Browns. He averaged just under 25 defensive snaps a game in Cleveland in 2016. Paea had his best season back in 2014, posting 33 total tackles, 6.0 sacks, two pass defends and two forced fumbles for the Bears.
Not only is Paea a Marinelli guy, but apparently he’s really strong.
Cowboys' newest addition, DT Stephen Paea lifting 225 pounds 49 times. "We got a live one." pic.twitter.com/iiBriNDQ4O
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) March 10, 2017
But the Cowboys front office didn’t stop there. They were also able to re-sign free agent wide receiver Terrance Williams. According to various reports, Williams has agreed to a four-year deal worth $17 million.
At an estimated average of $4.25 million per season (not including any bonuses or incentives), Dallas got a steal of a deal for Williams as Spotrac.com’s estimate market value for the number two receiver in free agency was a whopping $8.2 million per year!