FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Patriots announced today the signing of unrestricted free agent Trevor Scott and free agent Marquice Cole (mar-KWEECE). Terms of the contracts were not announced.
Scott, 27, is a veteran of four NFL seasons with the Oakland Raiders. He entered the NFL as a sixth-round draft pick (169th overall) of the Raiders in 2008 out of the University of Buffalo.
Scott, 6-6, 255 pounds, has played in 58 games with 16 starts and has registered 61 total tackles, 13.5 sacks, 1 pass defensed and 1 forced fumble in his four NFL seasons.
He totaled 12 sacks in his first two seasons with the Raiders at outside linebacker and at defensive end with 5.0 sacks as a rookie in 2008 and 7.0 sacks in 2009. Scott started the first 10 games of 2010 at defensive end before his season was cut short by a knee injury. Last season, he returned from injury to play in all 16 games and finished with six total tackles as a reserve on defense.
Cole, 28, is a veteran of three NFL seasons with the New York Jets (2009-11). He originally entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with Oakland out of Northwestern in 2007. The 5-10, 192-pound Cole spent the majority of the 2007 season on the Tennessee practice squad before joining the 53-man roster for the 2008 season-finale but was inactive for the game. He spent the 2008 season on the practice squad of New Orleans and then began the 2009 season on the practice squad of the New York Jets before joining the 53-man roster early in September.
Cole has played in 37 NFL games with one start and has registered 14 defensive tackles, two interceptions with one returned for a touchdown and 45 special teams tackles. In his only NFL start vs. Buffalo (1-2-11), Cole finished with five solo tackles and two interceptions, including one that he returned 35 yards for a touchdown.