Trent Cole wants to accomplish something notables like Reggie White, Brian Dawkins, and Donovan McNabb couldn’t – spend his entire career with the Eagles from beginning to end. Even though his contract could complicate matters, the veteran outside linebacker wants to retire with the Eagles, as Geoff Mosher of CSNPhilly.com writes.
Cole will turn 32 next season, his salary doubles to $10MM, and the Eagles have already begun talks with backup outside linebacker Brandon Graham, who intends to start somewhere next season. All in all, it could be an uphill climb for Cole and Eagles to stay together in 2015 and beyond. Mosher suggests that if they can’t hammer out a deal with Graham and they’re unsure of whether struggling rookie Marcus Smith is ready for primetime, they could keep him around for at least one more year on a more palatable deal. But, when asked if he’d redo his deal, Cole said, “That’s something I can’t comment about.”
For his career, Cole’s 85.5 sacks rank second in franchise history, behind White’s 124.