As an exclusive rights free agent, Cole was unable to negotiate with any other National Football League team. The Packers own his rights and likely made him the minimum qualifying offer of a one-year, $435,000 contract.
Wide receiver Carlyle Holiday remains the only exclusive rights free agent yet to sign this off-season. Holiday was a late-season pickup off waivers from Arizona and earned his keep with some clutch catches out of multiple-receiver sets. He will be given an opportunity to compete for a No. 3 or No. 4 spot.
A solid defensive tackle, Cole was hoping to have a big season, but fell out of favor with the coaching staff after Week 1. He didn't make the 45-man game day roster in Week 3 at Detroit, but played in every game thereafter, starting in two. Cole finished with 53 tackles and a sack, which was down from 2005 when he had 62 tackles, two sacks and two passes defensed. He still figures to be in Green Bay's defensive line rotation.