I wrote earlier this morning that an agreement was imminent, and about an hour later the Eagles announced that they had agreed to a 4-year contract extension with Pro Bowl defensive end Trent Cole, taking his contract through 2017.
Philadelphia also locked in OT Todd Herremans to a 3-year extension yesterday, and the overall structure of the deal is said to be very similar.
Trent Cole will be meeting with the press today at noon to discuss the new deal.
Head coach Andy Reid had nothing but praise for Cole on the heels of the extension:
“We are excited to be able to sign Trent to a new contract. Trent plays the game with a level of tenacity that’s hard to replicate. He’s one of the premier defensive ends in the league. We have always said that when you watch the tape of him, it’s hard to tell the difference between his first play and his last play. He has an unbelievable motor that does not stop. And as good as he is rushing the passer, he is equally as good against the run. His energy is contagious on the field.”
Cole is a beast at his position, and his performance since being drafted in the 5th round of the 2005 draft by the Birds has consistently shown that. Here is some information from the team about his many accomplishments:
Cole is a two-time Pro Bowl selection and one of the most feared pass-rushing threats in the entire NFL. With 68 sacks during his seven-year career in Philadelphia, Cole ranks third on the team’s all-time list behind Reggie White (124) and Clyde Simmons (76). Since 2006, only two players have taken down quarterbacks more than Cole – DeMarcus Ware and Jared Allen.
In 2011, Cole posted his fourth double-digit sack campaign and his third in a row with 11 takedowns and trails only White (8) for the most such seasons in the Eagles record book. He teamed withJason Babin (18 sacks) for 29 sacks, the 2nd best single-single total by a duo in team history behind Simmons (19) and White (14) in 1992.