While the Eagles were officially on a bye-week, the front office was burning the midnight oil. For the second time in a week, the Eagles signed a key, young member of their team to a contract extension. Last week, it was Mike Patterson and today, they announced that DE Trent Cole agreed to a five-year contract extension that will keep him in Philadelphia through 2013.
Cole, who has quickly developed into a pass rushing presence as a defensive end, leads the Eagles with 6.5 sacks this season. He has posted 11.5 sacks in his first 23 career games (13 starts), including four multi-sack outings. Since joining the Eagles in 2005, Cole leads the team in sacks (11.5) and is ranked 2nd in QB hurries (19) during that time span. He has totaled 99 tackles, including seven stops for a loss.
While Patterson and Cole are the latest signings, the Eagles have been making a habit of signing players to long-term deals. In fact, Cole’s extension brings the total to six Eagles players who have signed long-term extensions in the past five months. In addition to Patterson and Cole, the Eagles have signed G/T Shawn Andrews (2015), C Jamaal Jackson (2013), FS Brian Dawkins (2008) and P Dirk Johnson (2011).
Cole got off to a quick start in 2005, posting 5 sacks and earning NFL defensive rookie of the month honors in November. A fifth round draft choice from Cincinnati, Cole earned a starting role at right defensive end midway through his first season and finished 4th among NFL rookies in sacks.