Trent Cole LB PHI 2 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 3 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 4 Months
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 5 Months
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 7 Months
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 8 Months
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 9 Months
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.
Trent Cole LB PHI 10 Months
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.
Trent Cole LB PHI 10 Months
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 that he signed last March, then he'd already be gone. Cole has never played outside linebacker, and it's proving to be a chore for him to learn the nuances of the position. The Eagles are trying to force a square peg into a round hole with Cole, but they'd be charged with nearly $10 million in dead money if they were to cut him.
Trent Cole LB PHI 11 Months
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."