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Trent Cole | Linebacker

Team: Indianapolis Colts
Age / DOB:  (32) / 10/5/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 270
College: Cincinnati
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Colts signed OLB Trent Cole to a two-year, $16 million contract with $8 million guaranteed.
It addresses a glaring need. Cole is 32 years old, but has quietly been one of the game's best pass-rushers for a decade and transitioned surprisingly well to a 3-4 outside linebacker role under Chip Kelly. He has 85.5 sacks in 155 career games, ability that would be welcomed in Indy with Robert Mathis coming off an Achilles' tear. PFF graded Cole as a top-12 pass-rushing 3-4 outside linebacker last season and also gave him positive run-defense marks. Mar 10 - 12:16 PM

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Free agent DE/OLB Trent Cole will visit the Browns on Sunday.

He'll follow up with a Monday visit to the Colts. Cole already visited the Buccaneers, and the 49ers have reportedly expressed interest. Cole is seen as best suited for a 4-3 defense, but is also plenty functional in a 3-4.
Mar 6 - 8:35 PM

Free agent DE/OLB Trent Cole will visit the Colts if he leaves Tampa Bay without a contract.

The 49ers have also expressed interest, though no meeting is scheduled. Of the three teams currently linked to Cole, the Buccaneers offer the best fit because they utilize a 4-3 scheme. Cole was let go by the Eagles amidst a flurry of transactions earlier in the week.
Mar 6 - 11:50 AM

Free agent DE/OLB Trent Cole's first visit will be to the Bucs.

This one was easy to predict. Bucs GM Jason Licht was in Philly when Cole was drafted, he has a ton of cap space to burn and is in desperate need of an improved pass rush. Cole also likely wants to get back in his natural 4-3 end role after spending the last two years as a 3-4 outside linebacker. Although Cole will turn 33 in October, he can still be very effective as a rotational rusher.
Mar 5 - 8:20 AM

The 49ers are expected to have interest in free agent OLB Trent Cole.

Cole is expected to draw interest from multiple teams now that he's been officially released. He was a 3-4 edge rusher with the Eagles last year, but is better suited as an end in 4-3 schemes. Cole has also been linked to the Jets.
Mar 4 - 4:38 PM

Eagles informed OLB Trent Cole of his release.

The sides had been working on a revised deal, but couldn't come to an agreement. The move frees up a whopping $8.425 million in cap space, but leaves the Eagles thin on edge rushers. A longtime defensive end, Cole transitioned to a 3-4 outside linebacker for coach Chip Kelly, and notched 14.5 sacks across 31 games. That includes 6.5 in 2014. Cole is going on 33, but his continued production and scheme versatility will earn him plenty of interest on the open market. Cole has spent his entire 10-year career with the Eagles.
Mar 3 - 5:27 PM

A source tells NJ.com that the Eagles are working on a new contract with OLB Trent Cole.

The Eagles have most of the leverage here as they can save $8.425M by releasing the 32-year-old pass-rusher. Cole does have some weight though as well, as he's transitioned to the 3-4 OLB spot seamlessly and racked up 14.5 sacks over the last two seasons. Ultimately, we'd expect a restructured deal to get done before the Eagles start in on a new deal for free agent Jeremy Maclin and go after free agents like CB Byron Maxwell.
Mar 2 - 8:59 AM

The Philadelphia Daily News' Paul Domowitch expects the Eagles to restructure OLB Trent Cole's contract.

"Unless the Eagles sign a big-name edge-rusher in free agency, they likely will try to restructure Cole's deal and bring him back for at least one more year," Domowitch said. Philadelphia certainly wants to lower Cole's current $11.625 million cap charge, but Cole has been too good the last two seasons to cut outright. The two sides should be able to reach a deal.
Feb 28 - 10:34 AM

Eagles OLB Trent Cole carries an $11.625 million cap charge for 2015.

The Eagles can save $8.425 million by releasing Cole. The expectation is Philadelphia will move on from the 32-year-old. The Eagles were initially concerned about Cole's ability switch from 4-3 end to 3-4 stand-up edge rusher, but he pulled it off and received extremely high PFF marks the past two seasons. Cole registered 14.5 sacks between 2013-2014, but the Eagles want a more explosive player to slot in opposite OLB Connor Barwin.
Feb 2 - 11:47 AM

Eagles OLB Trent Cole has undergone left hand surgery and is out for Saturday's game against the Redskins.

Cole's status for Week 17 is unknown. It's a hit to the Eagles' depth on the edge, but replacement Brandon Graham is actually an upgrade. Cole, owed $10M in 2015, is likely in his final days as an Eagle.
Thu, Dec 18, 2014 09:47:00 AM

Eagles OLB Trent Cole's broken left hand is "braced and taped."

Speaking Tuesday, Cole declined to reveal if he's playing this week, or if he needs surgery. Cole hasn't missed a game since 2011. He has 6.5 sacks through 784 snaps this season.
Tue, Dec 16, 2014 01:48:00 PM

The Philadelphia Inquirer confirms OLB Trent Cole (hand) is not expected to play this week.

The Eagles are hoping that Cole can return in Week 17. Brandon Graham will start in his place against Washington.
Tue, Dec 16, 2014 11:48:00 AM

Eagles OLB Trent Cole is uncertain to play for the rest of the season due to a broken hand.

Sometimes defenders can cast up and play through broken hands. Other times, they're forced to shut it down. Cole is likely currently in the process if making his decision. The 32-year-old has 6.5 sacks on the season.
Mon, Dec 15, 2014 03:51:00 PM

Eagles OLB Trent Cole is likely entering his final season with the team.

The Eagles drafted Marcus Smith to be Cole's heir apparent, and Cole's base salary doubles from $5 million this year to $10 million next year. Although Cole is still playing solid football -- he had eight sacks in the second half of last season alone -- there's little chance he'd return at next year's scheduled rate short of a major contract restructuring. Cole turns 32 years old this October.
Thu, Jul 17, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Trent Cole remains locked in as a starting outside linebacker.

Whispers that Cole would have to restructure his contract to keep his roster spot were unfounded. The Eagles have plenty of cap room, and Cole is coming off an impressive season that saw him dominate against the run while picking up eight sacks in 16 games. The restructure for the 31-year-old will likely come in 2015, when his base salary jumps to $10 million.
Wed, Jun 11, 2014 12:41:00 PM

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