ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 15: Head coach Jason Garrett of the Dallas Cowboys is seen on the sidelines during the second quarter against the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at AT&T Stadium on January 15, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Dallas Cowboys starter abruptly retires at just 29 years old

This comes out of nowhere.

Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Stephen Paea has abruptly retired at the age of 29, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Paea is a former second-round pick from the 2011 NFL Draft, playing his first four seasons with the Chicago Bears. He jumped to the Washington Redskins and Cleveland Browns over the last two seasons before playing this year with the Cowboys.

He's played in 83 games over his career, with 43 starts. He finishes his career with 14.0 sacks, one safety, 76 tackles and three forced fumbles.

He had started all four of five games for the Cowboys this season. He sat against the Green Bay Packers after suffering a knee injury earlier this season.