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Browns take up LeBron on football offer

IF National Basketball Association superstar LeBron James truly believes he can help the Cleveland Browns, coach Eric Mangini has an orange helmet waiting for him.

"I think he should come on down," Mangini said on Wednesday.

James, who was a top wide receiver in high school, said on Tuesday that if he put the time and commitment into it, he could be a good American football player. Mangini agreed, calling James "a freak athletically" and said the 2.03-meter, 118-kilogram basketball guard could be dangerous at tight end, wide receiver or even outside linebacker.

When Mangini's comments were relayed to James, he smiled -- but didn't take the bait. "I said what I had to say, and that was it," James said.

Quarterback Brady Quinn also heard about James' National Football League fetish. He would love to have a target to throw to like James in the red zone.

"That'd be great," Quinn said. "Tell him to suit up and let us know, we'll get him working. Obviously he's an incredibly talented athlete."

Browns nose tackle Shaun Rogers wasn't convinced James, as great as he was, could step into the NFL and be able to handle the pounding.

"I heard that comment. I have mixed emotions about that. A great athlete? Yes. A football player? No."


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