Eagles Release Trent Cole

TrentCole1The cap casualties keep coming.

Just hours after releasing cornerback Cary Williams, the Eagles also parted ways with veteran defensive end/linebacker Trent Cole.

Cole carried a very high cap number, and it had been reported that the Eagles wanted to restructure his deal. However, it appears that the two sides were unable to come to an agreement on an acceptable number, and Cole’s time with the Eagles has come to an end.

Cole, a former fifth-round pick in 2005, had been a staple on the team’s defense for the last decade.

When Chip Kelly and Billy Davis first came to town and changed the base defense from 4-3 to 3-4, many thought Cole would not be a fit after being asked to adjust to new position. However, Cole was able to prove his doubters wrong and give the Eagles two more pretty decent years as an outside linebacker.

With Cole officially out of the picture, outside linebacker also becomes a need for this team. Brandon Graham is unlikely to return, and last year’s top pick Marcus Smith remains a question mark.

The Eagles have now released James Casey, Todd Herremans, and Cary Williams along with Cole.

20 thoughts on “Eagles Release Trent Cole

  1. Way to go Chip! You have over 40 million n counting, go get Worilds who you wanted last year n you actually upgraded that position with one guy instead of the two you had.

  2. Of all the eagles players released today he is the one i wanted to keep…..one of my favorite eagles…..he probally thought he was worth more then the eagles were offering and decided to hit market….maybe he comes back and realizes we were his best option…..sad but had to happen

    1. Don’t b surprised if he ends up with the Chiefs, Reid drafted him and for him to think he can get more somewhere else tells me he has something lined up.

  3. Where does this leave the eagles?

    OLB – Conner Barwin
    ILB – Alonso
    ILB – Kendricks
    potential backup in my eyes: Demeco Ryans. Everyone is already saying he will be released, but I sorta doubt it. His best chance to have a few more years in his career is to be the 3rd guy in a ILB rotation. He would obviously have to take a pay cut, but w/ his past 2 injuries I don’t see a lot of teams breaking the bank on him.
    OLB – No Graham, No Cole… Eagles will definitely need to fill this void in FA. I would personally like to see at least one of these two guys signing long term on the eagles. Otherwise, we are looking at Marcus Smith as our OLB and he hasn’t shown anything to us.

    CB – Released
    CB – Released
    S – Released.

    The front 7 is still pretty strong, but our back 4 guys there is simply nothing there. No way can they address all these holes in FA.

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