The Bucs seem to be spending no time in attacking free agency this off-season. With needs all over their team, and with the official start of free agency not until Tuesday, the Bucs are bringing in a recently released pass rusher for a visit.
The Buccaneers have confirmed that former Eagles edge rusher Trent Cole will spend his first visit in Tampa on Thursday. The Eagles were forced to release Cole after the two sides could not agree to a new contract. Releasing Cole saved the Eagles nearly $8.5 million in cap room.
Bucs GM Jason Licht was with the Eagles when they selected Cole in the draft ten years ago. The Bucs have a need for a pass rusher.
Yesterday, I wrote my free agency plan for the Bucs, which included signing Greg Hardy. It was also posted that the Bucs best fit for a pass rusher in free agency might be former Browns edge rusher Jabaal Sheard.
Trent Cole might be 33 years old, but he still is a threat in getting to the quarterback. Cole's natural fit is back at end in a 4-3 defense, even though he's been playing outside linebacker in Chip Kelly's 3-4 defense the past few years. In 2014, Cole still had 6.5 sacks, which would have tied with Jacquies Smith for 2nd on the Bucs roster. During his years in a 4-3 defense, Cole was a consistent threat for double digit sacks in a season.
If signed, Cole will bring some much needed attitude to the Bucs defense.
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