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Stephen Paea | Defensive Lineman

Team: Washington Redskins
Age / DOB:  (27) / 5/11/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 300
College: Oregon State
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Redskins signed DL Stephen Paea to a four-year, $21 million contract with $15 million guaranteed.
Paea picked a great time to have his best season, recording a career-high six sacks in his contract year. Most are expecting the 26-year-old to play defensive end in Washington's 3-4 scheme. Paea was an interior rusher in Chicago. Mar 10 - 4:18 PM

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CSN Chicago reports the Redskins are "closing in" on a four-year deal with free agent DL Stephen Paea.

A 2011 second-rounder, Paea has spent his entire four-year career with the Bears. Coming off a career year, he'd likely be moved to defensive end in Washington's 3-4 defense.
Mar 9 - 12:58 PM

The Redskins are "very interested" in free agent DT Stephen Paea.

Paea was one of the best interior pass rushers in the league last year, finishing with six sacks and 31 hurries. He remained a liability against the run, but is expected to be pursued by multiple teams. Paea would likely be moved to defensive end in Washington's 3-4 scheme.
Mar 7 - 4:58 PM

The Bears are in danger of going down as the NFL's worst run defense in more than a half century.

Chicago is allowing 5.40 YPC on the ground with one game left, which is the sixth worst clip in league history. The 1961 Vikings -- their inaugural year -- hold the record for most yards-per-carry permitted. A litany of injuries to the likes of DT Henry Melton and LB Lance Briggs played a big role, but ultimately the Bears need better personnel along their defensive front. They're going to part ways with overpaid RE Julius Peppers in the spring.
Mon, Dec 23, 2013 01:36:00 PM

Bears DTs Stephen Paea (toe) and Jay Ratliff (groin) both practiced fully on Friday.

They're both listed as questionable, but on track to play against the Vikings. With Paea back and Ratliff added to the mix, Chicago finally has some credibility on the interior defensive line, perhaps allowing them to kick Corey Wootton back out to left end. They're still starting two rookie linebackers.
Fri, Nov 29, 2013 03:29:00 PM

Bears NT Stephen Paea (toe) has been ruled out for Week 12.

Zac Stacy will be a legit RB1 play against the depleted Bears.
Fri, Nov 22, 2013 01:11:00 PM

Bears NT Stephen Paea (toe) is considered "week to week."

He'll miss at least Week 12 against the Rams, and quite possibly more. The Bears' top run defender, Paea missed multiple games earlier this season with a similar injury. Zac Stacy is going to be a locked-in RB1 in Week 12.
Mon, Nov 18, 2013 03:25:00 PM

Bears DT Stephen Paea was forced from Sunday's Week 11 game against the Ravens with a toe injury.

A run-stuffing defensive tackle, Paea entered the game with 21 tackles and half a sack on the season. The Bears can't afford to lose him for an extended period.
Sun, Nov 17, 2013 03:54:00 PM

Bears NT Stephen Paea (toe) is listed as probable for Week 7 against the Redskins.

We still really like Alfred Morris' matchup -- the Bears are starting converted DE Corey Wootton at defensive tackle -- but the return of nose-anchor Paea is a big plus for Chicago. Paea had been sidelined since Week 4.
Fri, Oct 18, 2013 01:24:00 PM

Bears NT Stephen Paea added five pounds to his 6-foot-1 frame.

Paea is listed at 300 pounds on the team's official website, so he's somewhere around 305 now. Paea was billed as a three-technique defensive tackle coming out of Oregon State, but the Bears moved Paea to nose tackle. The added weight is a necessity in order to plug holes in the run game.
Fri, Apr 19, 2013 05:42:00 PM

Bears NT Stephen Paea (ankle) returned to practice Monday and says he's "ready to roll" for Week 1.

Paea missed a large chunk of training camp with the injury, but the goal all along was to get him ready for Opening Day. He's ready, and figures to start over Matt Toeaina at nose tackle. Henry Melton is the three-technique tackle.
Mon, Sep 3, 2012 04:44:00 PM

Bears DT Stephen Paea has been sidelined three weeks with an ankle sprain.

The injury was poor timing for a player popularly picked to break out as the Bears' new starting nose tackle. Matt Toeaina will likely enter the season as the starter, allowing Paea to get back up to full speed.
Thu, Aug 30, 2012 05:04:00 PM

Bears DT Stephen Paea (ankle) was spotted in a walking boot Sunday.

Paea sprained his left ankle Saturday and is expected to miss at least a week. Coach Lovie Smith confirmed that the second-year man has already done enough to keep his starting nose tackle job ahead of veteran Matt Toeania.
Source: Bears.com
Mon, Aug 13, 2012 11:00:00 AM

Stephen Paea appears to be the front-runner for the starting nose tackle job after pushing Matt Toeaina to the second team on Thursday.

The NFL Combine record-holder on the bench press came to camp noticeably stronger after working out like a maniac during the offseason. He's drawn early-camp praise from the coaching staff for his versatility, speed, strength and athleticism. "Toeanina's going to have his hands full," DC Rod Marinelli said Thursday.
Fri, Aug 3, 2012 01:05:00 AM

The Bears are projecting second-year DT Stephen Paea as a 30-40 snap-per-game rotational player this season.

He's the top backup to NT Matt Toeaina and under tackle Henry Melton, and the trio will work in a near-even rotation. Though Paea struggled coming off a Senior Bowl knee injury for most of last season, he flashed when he played with 14 tackles, two sacks, and six QB pressures in 11 appearances (no starts).
Thu, May 24, 2012 11:45:00 AM