On the day before free agency officially commences, the Indianapolis Colts were scheduled for visits from former Philadelphia Eagles pass rusher Trent Cole and ex-St. Louis Rams defensive tackle Kendall Langford, according to multiple reports.
Both have been wracking up frequent-flyer miles in making the NFL rounds.
Cole visited Tampa Bay last week, then the Ohio native spent time with Cleveland this past weekend. He tweeted his next stop was the Colts.
The Colts announced Sunday it had agreed to terms with former Eagles offensive lineman Todd Herremans. General manager Ryan Grigson is also familiar with Cole from his days in Philadelphia’s front office as director of player personnel, director of college scouting and a regional scout from 2004 to 2011.
Cole, 32, and Langford, 29, were both recently released, which allowed them to get a jump on free agency, which officially begins at 4 p.m. Tuesday. The Eagles expressed a desire to keep Cole, but the two sides couldn’t agree on a revised contract so he was cut to save $8.25 million in cap space and give him an opportunity to test the open market.
Cole has 85.5 career sacks in 10 seasons with the Eagles, second in franchise history to Reggie White’s 124. But he hasn’t hit double digits since 2011, after which he signed a four-year, $55.25 million extension. He’s had 17.5 sacks in three seasons since, including 6.5 sacks last season.
The Colts are looking for edge rushers in their 3-4 defensive scheme. Cole played his first eight seasons as a defensive end in a 4-3 formation before shifting to outside linebacker in a 3-4 the past two years. Based on the statistical drop-off, he’s considered a stronger player in a 4-3, but his pass-rushing skills make him attractive to teams running either scheme.
Langford, 6-6 and 313, has made 242 tackles in seven NFL seasons, the last three years with the Rams and the first four with Miami. He started 86 of 96 games for six seasons, but started just four of 16 games last season and became expendable after losing his job to Defensive Rookie of the Year Aaron Donald. The Rams saved $6 million in releasing Langford.
He has just 15.5 career sacks, but is still considered a disruptive player inside and has never missed a game in his career.
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