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Trent Cole officially released by Eagles, could end up on Jets or 49ers

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Done deal.

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

It's official: Trent Cole is no longer a member of the Philadelphia Eagles. The team confirmed the announcement on Wednesday afternoon following media reports from Tuesday evening that Cole was expected to be released.

It feels weird that Cole is gone. He was the team's longest tenured player having been selected by the team in the 2005 NFL Draft. Long snapper Jon Dorenbos now owns the honor of being the longest tenured player.

The Eagles released a statement on Cole from head coach Chip Kelly:

"We spoke with Trent and his agent and expressed a desire to have him back. We have been talking for a couple of weeks. However, at this point, we think it’s best to let him explore other options around the NFL."

Cole was due a large salary cap figure in 2015 at over $11.6 million. It was difficult to justify that figure at this point in his career. Philadelphia saves nearly $8 million by cutting the 32-year-old veteran.

The Eagles will now have to find a replacement for Cole in free agency. Fellow outside linebacker Brandon Graham is expected to test free agency. Jason Worilds of the Pittsburgh Steelers is already rumored to be a strong target.

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