Earlier on Tuesday the Eagles released veteran cornerback Cary Williams to give the team over $30 million in cap room. Well if you thought that was a lot of money, think again: the team now has over $40 million following the (unofficial) release of veteran linebacker Trent Cole.
While the extra money is nice for the team moving forward, it comes at the cost of losing a veteran player and opening up yet another hole on the roster.
Here are some reactions to the move, including one from Cole himself:
Taking trip to new hunting grounds that I'll have chance at a trophy of a lifetime!— Trent Cole (@Pro_Hunt58) March 3, 2015
Ya know when I said earlier i’d be surprised if Trent Cole joined the exodus out of town? Well, I think I might be about to be surprised.— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) March 3, 2015
If you are Brandon Graham, your bargaining power just went up. Unless #Eagles have a FA they r 100% positive will sign.— Eliot Shorr-Parks (@EliotShorrParks) March 3, 2015
I think the vibe people dealing with the Eagles are getting is that the Kelly regime is cleaning house.— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) March 3, 2015
This team is going to be remade with Chip’s draft picks, Chip’s leaders, etc— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) March 3, 2015
Releasing Trent Cole will save #Eagles $8.425 mil against salary cap, but they will eat $3.2 mil in dead money. Now approx $41 mil in space.— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) March 3, 2015
For Trent Cole, as it is with Brandon Graham, he'll just get paid more on the market as a 4-3 end than #Eagles were offering as 3-4 OLB.— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) March 3, 2015
Evan Mathis (@EvanMathis69) March 3, 2015
Trent Cole, like Herremans, was one of the nicest, most solid guys you could imagine. I always enjoyed interviewing and interacting w/ him.— Dan Klausner (@dklausner) March 3, 2015
Cole's an all-time Eagles great and should have # retired someday, but this is how it goes. Keeping him would've been primarily sentimental.— Dan Klausner (@dklausner) March 3, 2015