Cole Says He’s Willing To Rework Deal


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The Eagles seem to have a willing dance partner in Trent Cole.

The 10-year veteran appears comfortable with the idea of moving on if that’s the way things break, but his preference is to finish his career in Philadelphia.

Is he willing to rework his deal so he can come back for another season?

“Yes,” he responded. “I want to do whatever I can to make things work. Hopefully it results in me being here.”

The 32-year old’s base salary jumps from $5 million to $10 million next season and he’s slated to make just shy of $35 million over the final three years of his deal. There’s basically no shot he ends up collecting all that coin. Cole and the Eagles will likely have to find some middle ground to keep the relationship going.

“Pretty much we’re just going to have to measure out my age and how I’m producing. We just have to be real about it,” said Cole. “I think that’s the biggest key is be real about it, be realistic. I’ve had a good career, have had some contracts. There’s going to be no fake here. I’m going to be real about it. I’m not going to sit there and tell you I can do something when I can’t. That’s just me because I’ve been here long enough and I have respect for the organization. I’m going to give 110 percent the truth and nothing but the truth if I’m worthy enough and where I can be at and how much impact I can [have] as a player.”

Cole was third on the team in sacks this year with 6.5 and was the co-leader in hurries (19) along with Connor Barwin. He continues to say that he has some good ball left in him, and plans to show as much in 2015 regardless of what uniform he puts on.

“It wouldn’t mean nothing for me to move on. I just know I’ll be playing ball somewhere else. If I’m not here I’ll be playing ball somewhere else. That’s just the way it goes,” he said. “I just know that I have no bitter feelings towards nobody. I love the Philadelphia Eagles. I’ll be an Eagle for life regardless of what happens. Great organization here. They gave me an opportunity to play ball here and I respect that. It’s business but there will never be hard feelings whatsoever.”

The Eagles have already had contract talks with Brandon Graham, though there is no guarantee a deal gets done with the pending free agent. How that plays out will likely impact Cole’s situation one way or another.

“Time will tell and things will get done,” said Cole, “and everyone will be happy.”