If Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is ever ready to really spend on a free agent, Dez Bryant has an idea: Sign LeBron James.
Bryant told ESPNDallas.com that James has such great athletic talent that he could sign right now and be more than ready to play tight end or wide receiver in the NFL by the start of the regular season.
“That dude is just that talented,” Bryant said. “I think it would take him probably about a good two weeks to get very acquainted with football, knowing what he’s supposed to do. I think that’s all he’d need with his physical ability. I’ve seen a little bit of his highlights from high school. He’s got the hands, he can run the routes, he’s fast enough. He could play in this league if he put it all together.”
James was a good enough high school wide receiver that he had scholarship offers to major college football programs, including Notre Dame, where then-receivers coach Urban Meyer tried to recruit him without even knowing that James was a lock to be the first overall pick in the NBA draft right out of high school. Bryant thinks it would be easy for James to make the jump.
“All he’d need to do is probably work on a little technique,” Bryant said. “It’s not like he’s never played football before. He has played football. I think he’d be a beast in the red zone. I think he could do it. I think he could do it, seriously.”
It’s safe to say that James isn’t going to quit the NBA for the NFL. But if he did, he’d probably have more success than Michael Jordan had playing baseball.