Eagles Set to Release Trent Cole
First it was Cary Williams than it was Trent Cole.
According to multiple sources the Eagles are set to cut ties with 10-year Eagles Trent Cole. With this move Philadelphia can create $8.42 million in cap savings and puts the Eagles about $38 million under the cap.
Cole spent his first eight years with the Eagles as a 4-3 end and became one of the top pass rushers in the game, a fifth round pick in the 2005 draft, he was switched to a 3-4 linebacker when Chip Kelly was hired as head coach and notched 14.5 sacks across 31 games, including 6.5 in 2014.
The two sides were working on a restructured deal with Cole but evidently they were two far apart and the team cut ties with one of the team's longest tenured players.
So what does this mean for Brandon Graham who is set to become a free agent March 10? The Eagles freed up $14.9 million in cap space by releasing Williams and Cole but don't appear to want to bring Graham back.
Graham is reportedly seeking a four-year contract in the neighborhood of $30 million, with $20 million guaranteed. Graham managed 5.5 sacks despite playing just 43 percent of snaps in a rotational role last year, but has hinted that he would prefer to play in a 4-3 defense as a defensive end - which the Eagles traded up in the draft to get him to be.