The Philadelphia Eagles officially released veteran outside linebacker Trent Cole on Wednesday after 10 seasons with the team. Cole picked up only 6.5 sacks last season and hasn’t topped double-digits since 2011.
Would Cole be an attractive option for the Bears? He played his first eight seasons as a 4-3 outside linebacker but played the past two as a rush outside linebacker in a 3-4. The Bears are switching to a base 3-4 defense this year but will run some hybrid looks, which makes Cole an intriguing option.
However, Cole will be 33 this coming midseason and the Bears are not in serious contention for a long playoff run. Unless they’re looking for a quick plug solution to stop the bleeding on the defensive side of the football — and assuming Cole will take any kind of significant pay cut — it doesn’t seem like a good fit considering the Bears need to get younger.