Cleveland Browns coach Eric Mangini has extended an open invitation to The King, offering him the chance to don the orange and brown any time he feels so inclined after James imitated he could easily return to his high school days of being an all-state caliber wideout against NFL competition.
“If I put all my time and commitment into it, if I dedicated myself to the game I could be really good,” James insisted earlier this week after watching his hometown Browns fall to a league worst 1-8.
James added he he feels he could be an effective hybrid tight end/receiver in the mold of San Diego’s Antonio Gates or Atlanta’s Tony Gonzalez and Mangini agrees, calling the 6-8, 250 pounder a “freak athletically.”
Opinion among players however doesn’t seem quite so fundamental. Star tight end Jeremy Shockey of the unbeaten New Orleans Saints wrote on his Twitter page: “Everyone trust me, LeBron James could not play in the NFL! ESPN is crazy to even think he could even make a practice squad. He’s a 4.9 40 time.”
But apparently when you’re as bad as the Browns have been, you’re pretty much open to anything. “That’s be great,” said quarterback Brady Quinn. “Tell him to suit up and let us know, we’ll get him working.”
So what do you think? Think LeBron has the game to man the post? —Glenn Minnis