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Trent Cole | Linebacker

Team: Philadelphia Eagles
Age / DOB:  (31) / 10/5/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 270
College: Cincinnati
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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. Jul 17 - 10:00 AM

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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.
Jun 11 - 12:41 PM

The Philadelphia Inquirer believes OLB Trent Cole may have to restructure his contract to return in 2014.

The 31-year-old is due a $5 million salary and carries a $6.6 million cap hit. If outright released, the Eagles would swallow $4.8 million in dead money. We wouldn't write Cole off. He started all 16 games, recorded eight sacks, and was nails as a run defender -- grading out as Pro Football Focus' No. 2 3-4 run-stopping outside linebacker. He transitioned well from 4-3 end. The Eagles could choose to keep Cole around for another season before his salary soars to $10 million in 2015.
Jan 6 - 10:37 PM

Eagles OLB Trent Cole has recorded five sacks, five quarterback hurries, and 31 tackles over his past four games.

Cole is on a tear. The 31-year-old seems to be enjoying his switch to outside linebacker in the 3-4 defense and is a more well-rounded player. "I feel better than I’ve ever felt in my career right now," Cole said. Pro Football Focus has graded Cole out as its No. 5 3-4 outside linebacker and its top run defender at the position. He's been a big part of the Eagles' turnaround.
Sat, Dec 7, 2013 10:23:00 AM

Eagles DE/OLB Trent Cole left Sunday's Week 11 game against the Redskins in the second half with a possible concussion.

Cole was having trouble walking straight as he headed to the locker room. He's been a big disappointment this year, but was in the midst of a breakout game with two sacks Sunday.
Sun, Nov 17, 2013 03:52:00 PM

Eagles OLB Trent Cole has spent more time playing 3-4 defensive end than outside linebacker in Philly's new defense.

Cole has been two-gapping, which means playing the run instead of getting free to rush the passer off the edge. He has nine tackles and no sacks through three games, although Cole has forced two fumbles. "I'm in the trenches," he said. "Two-gapping is tough. It is what it is. That's all I'm going to say." The ninth-year veteran doesn't sound thrilled with the new position.
Sat, Sep 28, 2013 08:55:00 AM

CSN Philly's Rueben Frank believes Eagles OLB Trent Cole has "looked sluggish" in preseason games.

Cole's 2012 struggles were commonly blamed on a wrist injury he had surgically repaired in the offseason, but it's also possible he's simply lost a step. Through three preseason games, Cole has just three tackles and zero sacks. He turns 31 in October. The Eagles would be smart to spell Cole often with superior pass rusher Brandon Graham when the real stuff stars.
Source: CSN Philly
Sun, Aug 25, 2013 01:05:00 PM

Eagles OLB Trent Cole has shed 11 pounds and is down to 263 as he transitions from 4-3 end to 3-4 outside linebacker.

Cole shed body fat, becoming "stronger and more toned." He's coming off his worst season in the NFL. Cole's roster spot is secure because cutting him would cause a $6.4 million cap hit, but his role has yet to be fully determined.
Thu, Jul 25, 2013 09:09:00 PM

PhillyMag.com reports that Trent Cole's role with the Eagles is "still to be determined."

Cole has been working with the first-team defense at outside linebacker during OTAs, but hasn't been used exclusively in that role and will also see playing time at defensive end in four-man fronts. The Eagles are also asking Brandon Graham to convert to linebacker, likely as a backup to Connor Barwin.
Fri, Jun 14, 2013 10:29:00 AM

Eagles DC Billy Davis said OLBs Trent Cole and Brandon Graham have been "outstanding" in their transitions from defensive end.

Cole and Graham have also seen some reps from the three-point stance that they are used to, and Davis acknowledged that his defense will use "multiple" fronts. Connor Barwin is the only experienced 3-4 outside 'backer on the roster, so Davis is going to have to get creative with his scheme. The Philadelphia Inquirer recently called Cole a "fish out of water" in the new defense.
Thu, May 23, 2013 03:31:00 PM

The Philadelphia Inquirer calls OLB Trent Cole a "fish out of water" in the Eagles' new 3-4 defense.

If it wasn't for Cole's enormous contract, he'd already be gone. Cole has never played outside linebacker, and it's proving to be a chore to learn the nuances of the position. The Eagles are trying to force a square peg into a round hole, but they'd be charged with nearly $10 million in dead money by cutting Cole.
Wed, May 22, 2013 08:29:00 AM

Eagles OLB Trent Cole's February hand surgery was performed to address multiple tendon tears and a snapped bone near his right wrist.

Cole says he played with the injury in 2011, but in 2012 "finally it snapped in half and I had to get some surgery." Cole turned in the worst year of his career last season, which -- in hindsight -- isn't surprising because pass rushers rely so much on hand usage. "I’ll straight up tell you I had a bad year," said 30-year-old Cole. "And it’s not going to happen again."
Fri, Apr 19, 2013 08:27:00 PM

Eagles DE/OLB Trent Cole is trying to get down to 260 pounds in anticipation of moving to outside linebacker in the Eagles' new 3-4 scheme.

Cole has traditionally played around 270. Cole should start opposite Connor Barwin at outside linebacker, but is unlikely to drop back into coverage with any regularity. Cole — an eight-year veteran with 71 career sacks — should remain a pure pass rusher.
Wed, Apr 17, 2013 04:10:00 PM

Philly Mag: Birds 24/7 doesn't expect the Eagles to trade DE/OLB Trent Cole.

With the addition of Connor Barwin to an already-crowded pass-rushing group of outside linebackers, Cole's name has come up again as trade fodder. Philly Mag is penciling him in as the starter opposite Barwin with Brandon Graham and Vinny Curry as the backups. We'd expect Cole to be a pure pass rusher, while Barwin is asked to drop in coverage more.
Sun, Mar 17, 2013 10:25:00 AM

Multiple sources have told CSN Philly that Trent Cole will be back with the Eagles in 2013.

Even though Cole has no experience in the 3-4, the Eagles aren't shopping him and aren't going to release him. He's just one year into the six-year, $59.3 million deal he signed last March and remains the team's top pass-rusher. Look for new defensive coordinator Billy Davis to use Cole as a "Predator" in his scheme, lining up at outside linebacker but rarely dropping into coverage. Ideally, he'd be the Eagles' version of DeMarcus Ware, Clay Matthews or Ryan Kerrigan.
Tue, Feb 26, 2013 09:26:00 AM