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Cole signs five-year extension to stay with Eagles

PHILADELPHIA -- Defensive end Trent Cole signed a five-year
contract extension on Monday that could keep him with the
Philadelphia Eagles through 2013.

Cole's deal is worth $26.5 million with escalators that could make it worth $30 million, ESPN.com's John Claytons reports. Included in that figure is $12 million of guaranteed money.

Cole was signed to a four-year deal in July 2005.

Cole is the second player drafted by the Eagles last year to
receive a multiyear deal in the past week. Defensive tackle
Mike Patterson got a seven-year extension worth $32 million last
Thursday.

"It's security," Cole said. "Anything can happen in this
game. We can get hurt and not be able to make the money that we
can."

A fifth-round pick from Cincinnati, Cole leads the Eagles with
6½ sacks in eight games. He moved into the starting lineup when
Jevon Kearse went down with a season-ending knee injury in Week 2.
Cole had five sacks as a rookie.

Cole's signing continues a trend for the Eagles. Earlier this
year, guard Shawn Andrews signed a contract extension through 2015.
In July, center Jamaal Jackson signed an extension through 2013.
Free safety Brian Dawkins and punter Dirk Johnson also signed
extensions this year. The deadline for allotting signing bonuses to
this year's salary cap is Tuesday.

"I like this organization. It was kind of hard to determine
what I wanted to do," Cole said. "I can go on to bigger and
better things in the next two seasons, but a lot can happen. There
are other variables. There's the possibility of getting hurt, the
possibility of having bad seasons and things not working out."

Since joining the Eagles, Cole leads the team with 11½ sacks and
he is second in hurries with 19. He has 99 tackles, including seven
stops for a loss.