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Trent Cole | Linebacker

Team: Philadelphia Eagles
Age / DOB:  (32) / 10/5/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 270
College: Cincinnati
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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

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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

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.
Mon, Jan 6, 2014 10:37:00 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