Trent Cole feeling good, expects big season

Trent Cole is a two-time Pro Bowl player with 79 sacks, second-most in Philadelphia Eagles history.

Only Reggie White (124) has more sacks.

Cole is 31, which is hardly ancient. But in the NFL, anything north of 30 is considered old.

“You can't feel old,” Cole told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “Your body is going to tell you when it's time to quit. But that's not the case right now. Everybody wants to know. They can call me old, but I could care less, because my actions speak louder. Tell them, if you don't know, go watch the film. Because the footage don't lie.”

Cole led the Eagles with eight sacks last season, and is expecting better production in 2014.

“I know how to really pass-rush the right way,” Cole told the Inquirer. “I know how to cover. I'm hoping I'll be able to do that a lot more ... with one year of linebacker under my belt. ... When you feel comfortable, that's when you know.”

The Inquirer reported that Cole will earn $5 million this season, and his base salary will increase to $10 million in ’15, $10.9 million in ’16 and $13.9 million in ’17.

All of Cole’s focus is on this season. He doesn’t feel old.

Quite the opposite in fact.

“I know my body, I feel good,” Cole told the Inquirer. “You want to know the truth? I feel really good. Ain't nothing changed. I'm more experienced, and I know a lot more.”