New England Patriots: If Lebron James Switched to Football, Would You Want Him on the Team?

By Will Gellman

In recent weeks, current NFL players have been saying that Lebron James would be a star in the NFL.  From Dez Bryant to Mike Wallace, several players have said they would welcome him to the league with open arms. These comments got me thinking, would he be a good fit for the New England Patriots? I personally believe that it could work for him here.

Now, you may be asking yourself, why would you take a chance on a guy who plays basketball and not football?  Well, the answer is simple: James played football in high school as a wide receiver. He was on the fast track to the NFL until he chose to play basketball, due to the less grueling nature of the NBA.

As for how James would fit on the Patriots, he would be able to play either tight end, wide receiver or maybe even a little of both. The Patriots need pass catchers after players like Wes Welker, Brandon Lloyd and Aaron Hernandez were released from the team this offseason.

James is a huge, fast guy who is, as everyone knows from watching him play basketball, ridiculously athletic. He stands at an insane 6-foot-8, 250 pounds, and runs a 4.40 40-yard dash time.

One potential issue with making the move would be the media circus that it would bring. After having polarizing quarterback Tim Tebow on their roster and the Hernandez situation that occurred this offseason, the Patriots might be scared to sign a guy like James.

Could you imagine an NFL team that had both James and Tebow on their roster? It could potentially be the biggest signing and offseason for the Patriots in their history, and perhaps the wildest offseason for any team in NFL history.

If he is truly interested in playing in the NFL, the Patriots should at least see what he has to offer on the field.  His height and athleticism are unquestionable, and the Patriots need pass catchers. A guy with his intangibles might be worth the gamble.

Should the Patriots take a look at James? Is he worth the risk?  How do you feel he would do in the NFL?  Feel free to comment on the subject in the “comments” section below.

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