Trent Cole LB PHI 4 Months

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.

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Trent Cole remains locked in as a starting outside linebacker.

Trent Cole LB PHI 11 Months

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Eagles OLB Trent Cole is "destined to be jettisoned" this offseason.

In other words, Cole is expected to be released. The 31-year-old is due a $5 million salary, and all of his guaranteed money is off the books. We wouldn't be so quick to 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. The Eagles could choose to keep Cole around for another season before his salary soars to $10 million in 2015.

Trent Cole LB PHI 12 Months

Eagles OLB Trent Cole has recorded five sacks, five quarterbacks 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.

Trent Cole LB PHI Aug 28 '79

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.

Trent Cole LB PHI Jul 09 '79

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.

Trent Cole LB PHI Jun 05 '79

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.

Trent Cole LB PHI May 06 '79

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.

Trent Cole LB PHI Mar 25 '79 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.

Trent Cole LB PHI Mar 03 '79

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.