Aqib Talib tells Marquice Cole: “Get that check, baby”

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Cornerback Marquice Cole used to be a member of the New England Patriots. But after he was released by New England in December, Cole signed with the Denver Broncos earlier this week.

Some would say the timing is awfully convenient as the Broncos get set to host the Patriots for the AFC Championship on Sunday.

But at least one member of the Patriots isn’t holding a grudge on a perceived lack of loyalty by Cole to his former teammates with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line. Cole will make $42,000 this week with the Broncos and Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib says Cole should take the money.

That’s my dog, man,” Talib said, via Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald. “Good luck, Quice. Cash that check, baby. Get that check, baby. Got to pay the bills, man.”

The operative term with Cole being “former” teammate. The Patriots released him. Cole apparently chose to not clean out his locker in hopes of returning to the Patriots. He’d been released by New England four times this season but always managed to find his way back.

But when another team had a spot open and came calling, Cole was under no obligation to say no over loyalty to his former team. That loyalty is lost when you’ve been fired. With a Broncos win, Cole (as long as the Broncos don’t release him) will get a chance to play in a Super Bowl and pick up yet another paycheck. Both are better options than not getting paid and watching the games from a couch.

17 responses to “Aqib Talib tells Marquice Cole: “Get that check, baby”

  1. Heck, I got fired from my job and walked out. The owner had all my stuff packed into a box. He called me to ask me what he wanted himself to do with it.
    I told him to burn it in the yard… family photos and all.
    Two years later he lost NET $19 million and the account/client I was handling.
    It is a business.
    Advertising is a 8itch…. but I Love her.

  2. I think Talib’s comments serve to illustrate the cliche that “Only the fans really care about winning.” For a large percentage of players, it’s simply their job. I imagine there’s many that are perfectly happy to not make the post season every year, making enough dough, they prefer to have all of January off….

  3. I don’t see how anyone could fault Cole. He’s still young, and has a limited skill set. Make that bread while you can. There’s no guarantee there’ll be a job for him in New England even if he is a very good special teamer.

    Considering the way the Denver media threw a fit when the Patriots signed Josh McDaniels 2 years ago before a playoff game with Denver (and McD had been removed from Denver for a full year) you’d think THEY were the ones that would have the ethical objection here. Right?

  4. Maybe Belichik released Cole, knowing the Broncos would pick him up to pump him for information on the Patriots, so Cole could feed the Broncos misinformation to help the Patriots win. Then when the Broncos lose and release him the Patriots re-sign Cole. Hey, it could happen. These are the Patriots.

  5. Lets see, the Patriots pick up our ex head coach before a playoff game in 2011.

    This year they pick up Greg Orton who knows our system two weeks ago.

    and people want to complain about Broncos move ?

    C,mon.

  6. What did McDaniels do while he was here ? Rip the team apart, waste our draft picks, then start video taping again…..

    There is a reason it’s called Billicheat.

  7. Belichick has at least one guy every year that he bounces on and off the 53 man roster. Cole was needed when Dennard and Talib were banged up to add some depth. Other times he was a gunner on special teams to help keep other guys fresh and healthy to manage the roster.

    It’s been the same with Austin Collie this year on the other side of the ball. When Thompskins and Dobson have been banged up the Pats bring him in.

    As a Pats fan I can’t fault Cole at all. It’s all part of the business of football. When you are one of those guys on the fringe of the 53 man rosters you have to take every opportunity that presents itself. Let’s face it, if Harris hadn’t gotten injured Cole wouldn’t have been on any roster this weekend. Take that $42k and don’t think twice about it.

  8. If the Patriots win, they can’t re-sign him unless Denver releases him immediately, which they have no incentive to do. Only way he returns is if he doesn’t make the Broncos 53 out of training camp next year.

  9. I haven’t seen anyone complaining about this. There were some chuckles and “Yeah, real smooth” kinda stuff but I don’t see any outrage over it. Its gamesmanship. It will have little to no bearing on who win on Sunday.

  10. In response to Denver signing Cole, the Pats should sign Manning’s former trainer Jamie Ann Naughright. She could give insight into Mannings training and preparation, and if they send her out for the coin toss, and Manning drops his shorts again in front of her again, that would have to be at least an unsportsman-like conduct penalty.

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