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Trent Cole | Linebacker | #58

Team: Indianapolis Colts
Age / DOB:  (33) / 10/5/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 270
College: Cincinnati
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 5 (146) / PHI
Contract: view contract details

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Colts placed OLB Trent Cole (back) on injured reserve.
He's dealing with a back issue, and likely need surgery. This came seemingly out of nowhere as Cole logged 29 snaps in Sunday's win over San Diego. With the new IR rules in place, Cole could return later this season but he'll still miss at least two months. Cole was rotating with Robert Mathis at right outside linebacker before the injury. Sep 27 - 11:20 AM

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ESPN's Field Yates reports Colts OLB Trent Cole agreed to reduce his 2016 base salary from $4.25 million to $2 million.

Cole will keep his $1.875 million roster bonus. Signed to a two-year deal last offseason, Cole managed just three sacks in 14 games in his first year with the Colts. Cole is 33 and clearly in the decline phase of his career, but Indy cannot afford to let competent pass rushers walk. He should retain a role as a rotational rusher this season.
Mar 8 - 9:09 AM

The Indianapolis Star's Zak Keefer believes cutting OLB Trent Cole is an "easy call" for the Colts.

Cole recorded just three sacks after signing a two-year, $14 million deal last offseason. Cutting Cole will save $6.125 million against the cap. The Colts need to find some edge rushers this offseason.
Feb 11 - 10:02 AM

The Indianapolis Star's Stephen Holder considers Colts OLB Trent Cole a potential cap casualty.

Cole signed a two-year, $14 million deal last offseason after being cut by the Eagles. The sack numbers weren't there with just three, but Cole did receive positive marks from PFF for his pass-rush heat. He's due to count $7.125 million against the cap, and the Colts can save $6.125 million of that by cutting him. Finding pass rushers has been a problem for GM Ryan Grigson.
Jan 15 - 12:41 PM

Colts OLB Trent Cole (knee) was listed as questionable for Week 4 against the Titans.

Cole suffered a knee injury during Thursday's practice and was not able to get in any work on Friday. He will almost certainly be out. Robert Mathis (probable, Achilles) could see an expanded workload in his second game back.
Sat, Sep 26, 2015 09:42:00 AM

Trent Cole will start at rush linebacker if Robert Mathis (Achilles') isn't ready for Week 1.

Mathis is 34 years old and his rehab off an Achilles' tear has had some complications. A team with Super Bowl aspirations like the Colts should ease him in slowly. That would leave Cole, one of the game's most underrated pass rushers of the last decade, with a major early-season role. He has posted 14.5 sacks, six forced fumbles and 10 tackles for a loss over the last two seasons while playing roughly three-quarters of the snaps.
Tue, Jun 16, 2015 08:56:00 AM

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.
Tue, Mar 10, 2015 12:16:00 PM

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.
Fri, Mar 6, 2015 08:35:00 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.
Fri, Mar 6, 2015 11:50:00 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.
Thu, Mar 5, 2015 08:20:00 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.
Wed, Mar 4, 2015 04:38:00 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.
Tue, Mar 3, 2015 05:27:00 PM

A source tells 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.
Mon, Mar 2, 2015 08:59:00 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.
Sat, Feb 28, 2015 10:34:00 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.
Mon, Feb 2, 2015 11:47:00 AM

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