Cole, 32, has spent ten years in the NFL, all with the Eagles. In his time with Philadelphia, Cole never played fewer than 14 games in a season.
In 155 career games, he recorded 564 tackles, forced 19 fumbles, one interception and one touchdown. Last season, his second in a 3-4 defensive scheme after spending eight seasons in a 4-3, Cole had 52 tackles, 6.5 sacks and three forced fumbles.
The two-time Pro Bowler is second in Eagles team history with 85.5 career sacks.
Cole responded to the news on Twitter:
No respect!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Caption that!— Trent Cole (@Pro_Hunt58) March 4, 2015
The Eagles picked Cole in the fifth round of the 2005 NFL Draft. Cole and Philadelphia signed a four-year extension in March 2012 worth $55.25 million with $14.5 million guaranteed. Had Cole returned to the team, the Eagles would have paid him $11.6 million; with his departure, the team will save $8.4 million.
Philadelphia is expected to make the release on Wednesday, less than a week before the official start of the league's free agency, which will begin on Feb. 10 at 4 p.m. ET.
The Eagles finished last season with a 10-6 record and in second place in the NFC East. The team was 22nd in the league in points allowed and 28th in the league in yards allowed.
- Christopher Woody