After visiting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Friday, defensive end Trent Cole will travel to Cleveland on Sunday to meet with the Browns. Despite being released on Tuesday, Cole has plenty of suitors reaching out. He is visiting with the Indianapolis Colts on Monday and Arizona, San Francisco, and Seattle are even rumored to be interested in him, as well.

The Philadelphia Eagles wanted to retain the pass rusher, but both parties couldn’t agree to a restructured deal. Cole was set to make $10 million in base salary. Cleveland has the cap space to sign the veteran, but shouldn’t break the bank on the 32 year old. They will need pass rush help with Jabaal Sheard set to become a free agent on March 10th.

Throughout ten seasons with the Eagles, Cole racked up 85.5 career sacks, including 14.5 as an outside linebacker under Chip Kelly. If a deal is completed, the Ohio native would most likely play outside linebacker in Mike Pettine’s 3-4 scheme. Although Cole has proven he can be a 3-4 pass rusher, his most productive years came as a 4-3 defensive end.

This may give Indianapolis the advantage to sign the former Eagle. As a Colt, Trent Cole could primarily play with his hand on the ground like he did his first eight seasons. Not to mention the Colts general manager Ryan Grigson was involved in Philadelphia’s scouting department when they drafted Cole in the fifth round of the 2005 draft.

Cole shouldn’t leave the city without a deal in place if Cleveland is serious about getting this done. Other franchises can offer better chances of contending for a Super Bowl, but the Browns can offer more money and a homecoming. Trent Cole was born in Xenia, Ohio. This means Cole joins Ted Ginn Jr, Cecil Shorts III, and Brian Hartline as Ohio natives that have appeared on Cleveland’s free agent radar.

-Max Gold

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