Although Trent Cole had a fabulous second half of the year with eight sacks, he is not a 3-4 linebacker. Bill Davis's system requires LBs to be versatile. Cole is a downhill pass rusher and a liability in coverage. Marcus Smith drafted as a prototypical Davis LB.
The question remains, is it time for the eagles to move on from Cole. The Eagle will save over $3mm in cap room to sign other potential pieces. Is it tome to release Trent Cole?