FOXBORO -- It seems the personnel chess match of the 2014 postseason is not over.
Denver signed former Patriot Marquice Cole the week before meeting New England in the AFC Championship. The move didn't cause the same ire among fans as when Indianapolis picked up Deion Branch before last weekend's divisional playoff, but a few feathers did get ruffled; Cole was called a "traitor" and a "sicko" on Twitter.
His former teammates are taking the news a bit better.
"Good luck, 'Quice, man," cornerback Aqib Talib commented. "Cash that check, baby. Get that check, baby. Gotta pay the bills, man."
Cole was originally signed by the Patriots as a free agent in March of 2012. Since then he was released and resigned by the team four times, including the final cut December 26. He had 10 tackles, one interception, two passes defensed, and eight special teams tackles in 13 games for New England.
As for Denver's interest, cornerback was forced to put Chris Harris Jr. on injured reserve Tuesday. Cole was signed the same day.
Any worry he'll share Patriots intel with the Broncos before Sunday's matchup?
" 'Quice can't tell Peyton nothing that Peyton Manning don't already know about us," Talib insisted.