Marquice Cole signs with Broncos

Marquice Cole signs with Broncos
January 14, 2014, 7:45 pm
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The defensive effort helped turn the game around for the Patriots in the second half.

Earlier this week, Marquice Cole got the word from the Patriots. He probably wasn’t in their plans for the rest of the year.
 
Cole played 27 games for New England over the past two seasons. He played nickel corner pretty well. He played special teams pretty well. He’s the one that drove Denver’s Tony Carter into the bouncing punt in the final minutes of overtime, setting up the game-winning field goal to cap a 34-31 Patriots win. But there was no room at the inn.
 
So when the Denver Broncos came around this week and asked Cole to take a workout, he accepted. And on Tuesday, he was signed in time to be involved in the AFC Championship game this Sunday.
 
Earlier in the postseason, Cole resisted overtures from the Bengals, hoping he’d still hook on with New England. But passing on a job while waiting for the Patriots to call wasn’t working. So he took this opportunity.
 
Last Sunday, the Broncos lost cornerback Chris Harris for the season with a torn ACL. Cole comes in as depth for Denver. Will he be able to share a ton of intel? Maybe a few things in terms of tendencies or audibles but the Patriots have encountered those in the past and are pretty sharp about changing things when that’s a threat.
 
Meanwhile, Cole was taking enough heat on Twitter to cause former Patriot Sterling Moore to tweet, “Hey @quice ppl on twitter be like "how dare u take a job that is going to pay you thousands of dollars per week. Your such an a**hole" #FOH

Cole’s reply?

@SterlingMoore yeah! "U were released! Sit at home with no job....the nerve of u trying to feed your family!" Hahaha

One can understand the visceral reaction of Patriots fans but Cole is right. It’s his job to play cornerback. He has to go where the work is.