It was reported earlier this afternoon that the Colts would be signing former Eagles pass rusher Trent Cole, and while it took a little longer than expected, the team has officially announced the move.
Cole spent the first ten seasons of his career with the Eagles, playing in 155 games (starting 145) and notching 569 tackles, 85.5 sacks, 14 passes defensed, an interception (returned for a touchdown), and 19 forced fumbles, along with making two Pro Bowls. Ryan Grigson is familiar with him from their time spent together in Philadelphia, and considering both the Colts' need at pass rush and the fact that they had Cole in for a visit on Monday, this move makes sense.
According to Colts.com's Steve Andress, the number one factor for Cole was winning a Super Bowl:
I just spoke with Trent Cole. He said choice was simple. He wanted chance to win a Super Bowl. Colts always team to beat in FA process.— Steve Andress (@ColtsReporter) March 10, 2015
Of course, the money he reportedly got from the Colts is pretty dang good for him too. According to ESPN's Adam Caplan, it's a two-year deal for Cole worth $16 million with $8 million guaranteed. That's a lot for a 32-year old pass rusher, but the bottom line on the field is that he improves the Colts' pass rush, which is certainly an area that needed improving.