Offensive lineman Nick Cole signed his restricted free agent tender today, thus agreeing to a one-year contract with the Eagles.
The Eagles have signed all of their RFAs, save for guard Max Jean-Gilles and punter Sav Rocca. Cole was tendered at a second-round level and will make $1.759 million in salary. He started in every game last season (nine at right guard, six at left guard and two at center), and is slotted at center right now with Jamaal Jackson returning from an ACL injury.
Cole's agent, Fred Lyles, said that Cole held off signing his tender because there were various teams inquiring about the free agent. But ultimately the second-round tender was too much compensation for teams to part with if they were to sign the 25-year-old Cole.
Lyles said that the Eagles had not approached him about a long-term deal for the versatile Cole.
"I think the Eagles know what kind of player they have. They wouldn't have tendered him so high otherwise," Lyle said. "This is a guy that can play both right and left guard and center. He doesn't mind playing special teams, and he's one of the younger guys in the league for the amount of experience he has."
Cole hasn't missed a game in four seasons. The agent expects his client to be at center when minicamp starts at the end of the month.
"I imagine it'll shake out like that," Lyles said. "Nick doesn't mind playing center. He just wants to be out on the football field."
The deadine for RFAs to sign their tenders is April 15.