Trent Cole will turn 32 in October.
For most of the population, 32 is considered young.
For an NFL player entering his 10th season, 32 is considered ancient.
“You want to know the truth? I feel really good,” Cole told the Wilmington (Del.) News Journal. “Ain’t nothing changed. I’m more experienced and I know a lot more. Everybody says, ‘He’s getting old because he’s on this side of 30.’ Man, I’ve got three years left. At least give me three years.”
Cole led the Philadelphia Eagles with eight sacks last season while playing outside linebacker for the first time. All eight sacks came in the second half of the season.
Cole will be pushed and he knows it.
“I know how to really pass rush the right way,” Cole said. “I know the game a lot more being at that position now and going through all the stuff I’ve been through, making adjustments, getting a year of linebacker under my belt. I’ve been through it so much, it comes natural now. I believe the key words are, ‘It comes natural.’”
Connor Barwin plays on the opposite side of the field from Cole.
And Barwin saw a solid player, not an aging player.
“I know he had all of his sacks in the second half, but he was still getting pressure early in the year,” Barwin said. “I know sacks can come in bunches, and he hit them in bunches at the end of the year, but I don’t think he took that long to become a stand-up backer. I thought he made the adjustment quite well early on.”