The Eagles retained one of their most versatile and pivotal players from last season when Nick Cole was re-signed to a one-year contract on Tuesday.
A rookie free agent signee of the Eagles in 2006, Cole has played in all 53 regular and postseason games since joining the team. Cole was called into action late last season when both Shawn Andrews and Max Jean-Gilles were lost for the season due to injuries. Cole started at right guard for the final four regular season games and all three playoff games. He also started at left guard in the Nov. 9 game against the Giants. In all, Cole has started in six regular season and three playoff games.
Cole will challenge for a starting job on the offensive line in 2009. Cole not only has the ability to play either guard spot, but he can also play center.
As a restricted free agent, the Eagles tendered Cole a one-year offer on Feb. 26. If Cole had signed an offer sheet with another team, the Eagles could have matched the deal or received a second-round draft pick as compensation. Now, Cole is under contract for the 2009 season and cannot sign with another team.