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Don't rule out Trent Cole returning to the Eagles

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The veteran linebacker could be back.

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The Eagles released one of their longest tenured players on Thursday by cutting offensive lineman Todd Herremans. Veteran linebacker Trent Cole, who is due a big salary in 2015, could be next on the chopping block. Or maybe not, according to CSN Philly's Geoff Mosher:

"Chip's doing some house cleaning but don't kick Trent Cole out the door just yet. Sides will be talking soon, optimism about a restructure."

Cole has already noted he is open to doing what it takes to return to Philadelphia. The 10-year veteran drove this point home following the Eagles' final game in 2014. "I want to do whatever I can to make things work," Cole said. "Hopefully it results in me being here."

Cole has a cap number that shoots up to $11.6 million in 2015. He can be released this offseason for a savings of $8.4 million. The problem with getting rid of Cole, however, is that the Eagles don't necessarily have any internal options to replace him. Former first round pick Brandon Graham is expected to test free agency and bringing him back might be costly. Meanwhile, 2014 first round pick Marcus Smith is a question mark after only playing 105 total snaps last season. Cutting Cole and losing Graham in free agency would be very risky. Philadelphia's willingness to bring Cole back could be a further sign that Graham won't back. Some reports indicate Graham's chances of returning are currently 50-50.

The potentially good news for the Eagles is that Cole is seemingly willing to do what it takes to help the team. Time will tell how the negotiations play out.