Linebacker Bradie James will retire as a Dallas Cowboy Tuesday afternoon, sources told WFAA Sports' Joe Trahan.
James announced his retirement at the team's media availability Tuesday before the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft Thursday night.
'I've had an opportunity to play with a lot of different types of characters, different people, build a lot of relationships and those will be some of the things I will miss,' he said.
The 10-year NFL veteran spent all but one of his seasons with the Cowboys and grew into a starting role in Dallas as the team transitioned to a 3-4 defense in 2005. He led the team in tackles for six consecutive seasons beginning in 2005, and had a career year in 2008 with 116 tackles, 8 sacks, and 3 forced fumbles.
After again leading the team in tackles in 2010 with 118, James saw his production reduced in Sean Lee's first year as a starting inside linebacker in 2011. James split time starting at the other inside linebacker spot, along with Keith Brooking. After just 44 total tackles that year, James signed with the Houston Texans.
The Louisiana native had 77 tackles in 15 games for the Texans in 2012, finishing third on the team. His one-year contract wasn't renewed after that season.
James was drafted by the Cowboys in the fourth round of the 2003 draft out of LSU. He is the sixth-leading tackler in franchise history, behind Darren Woodson, Lee Roy Jordan, Randy White, Dexter Coakley, and Ed 'Too Tall' Jones.
He finishes his career with 821 total tackles, 16 sacks, 10 forced fumbles, and 2 interceptions.