The Philadelphia Eagles made it official on Wednesday with the releasing of veteran defensive end/outside linebacker Trent Cole who is expected to receive heavy interest on the free agent market.
Trent Cole was released by the Eagles on Wednesday afternoon as Chip Kelly remakes the roster and tries to get younger and cheaper on defense.
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Cole, 32, was scheduled to count $11.6 million against the cap and after showing willingness to restructure his contract was unable to come to come to an agreement on a modified deal to stay in Philadelphia.
“We spoke with Trent and his agent and expressed a desire to have him back,” Kelly said, via the team’s website. “We have been talking for a couple of weeks. However, at this point, we think it’s best to let him explore other options around the NFL.”
He is expected to have several options, according to CBS Sports NFL insider Jason La Canfora who reports the New York Jets and San Francisco 49ers to be interested in the 10-year veteran.
The Jets would make sense because of his relationship with former interim defensive coordinator and secondary coach Todd Bowles who is in his first year as the Jets head coach. Although the Jets run a 3-4 defense and Cole may want to return to a 4-3 after playing in a 3-4 the last two years.
ESPN’s Adam Caplan thinks Cole will sign with a team running a 4-3 and return him to his natural position as a right end where he produced 71 sacks in the first eight years of his career with the Eagles.
Further, ESPNs Dan Fraziano thinks he could stay in the NFC East with the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys taking a look.
Cole had 52 combined tackles, 6.5 sacks, and three forced fumbles in 15 games last year.
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