Trent Cole may have not played his last game in an Eagles uniform after all.
According to the veteran linebacker, he's ready to do whatever it takes to return to the Eagles in 2015 and beyond. Even if that means reworking his contract.
"Yes," he responded. "I want to do whatever I can to make things work. Hopefully it results in me being here."
Cole turns 33 next October. His 2015 cap value is priced at $11.6. The team can release him for a savings of $8.4 million with a $3.2 million penalty. His contract doesn't expire until after the 2017, but he is only due $1.6 million in 2016 and can be cut for a savings of $11 million. In other words, 2015 is basically the last realistic year on Cole's current contract.
While Cole seems willing to stay, it remains to be seen if the Eagles feel the same way. He's been with the team since being drafted in 2005, so there's obviously a loyalty factor. He had a decent 2014 campaign; his seven sacks ranked 13th among 3-4 outside linebackers, his 14 quarterback hits were the fourth most, and his 25 hurries ranked 19th. Cole also forced three fumbles on the season.
But the Eagles might be looking to head in a different direction. They've reportedly offered a contract extension to Brandon Graham, who is expected to test free agency. 2014 first round pick Marcus Smith II is also waiting in the wings, though he's a colossal question mark due to not playing much in his rookie season.
The Eagles will have a tough decision to make on a player who has contributed so much to their team over the years. Cole is willing to do his part to help make the decision easier. The veteran wasn't joking when he said he wants to be an Eagle for life.