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Source: 49ers interested in ex-Eagle Trent Cole

Trent Cole (58), sacking Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III while Cole was playing for the Philadelphia Eagles, has drawn interest from the San Francisco 49ers as well as from the Seattle Seahawks
Trent Cole (58), sacking Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III while Cole was playing for the Philadelphia Eagles, has drawn interest from the San Francisco 49ers as well as from the Seattle Seahawks AP

The 49ers and Seahawks are two of the teams who have called to inquire about pass rusher Trent Cole, whom the Eagles released on Wednesday, according to a league source. Cole, 32, is visiting with the Buccaneers today and the rest of his free-agent itinerary is in the process of being set up.

The 49ers could be in the market for another edge rusher, especially if they part ways with left outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks. Doing so would save $4.35 million against the salary cap, according to CSN Bay Area.

Cole fits the mold for a 49ers edge rusher. He's 6-3, 270 pounds and last year converted from a 4-3 defense to a 3-4. Last season he had 52 tackles, 6 1/2 sacks and forced three fumbles. Brooks, meanwhile, tied for the team lead in sacks in 2014 with rookie Aaron Lynch -- six -- and had 30 tackles and one forced fumble, which sealed a win in New Orleans. Brooks also was benched for most of two games for lashing out at a coach and for missing a meeting.

The other outside linebackers on the team are Aldon Smith, Corey Lemonier and Chase Thomas. Dan Skuta is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent next week and is expected to wooed by several teams. Skuta, a valuable backup with the 49ers, wants the chance at a starting role in 2015.

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