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With no assurances from the Patriots, Marquice Cole waited at his home in Illinois. Then came the call from the Broncos, who signed the 30-year-old defensive back Tuesday, five days before their matchup with Cole’s former team in the AFC Championship game. Cole is a depth signing for the Broncos, who lost perhaps their best defensive back, Chris Harris, to a torn ACL in Sunday’s win over the Chargers.
If Cole had been a rookie, he said, he might have been surprised.
“But being in this league since 2007, you see stranger things,” he said. “Really, nothing could surprise me now. Just [if you] stay ready, you ain’t got to get ready. Then if you get that call, be ready to take advantage of it.”