Former VCU basketball player agrees to NFL deal with Colts

Mo Alie-Cox

Report: Colts signing ex-VCU basketball player Mo Alie-Cox

The Indianapolis Colts are adding an intriguing tight end, as ESPN's Rob Demovsky reported this afternoon that Mo Alie-Cox is signing with the Colts.

Joe Flanagan said Thursday the 6-foot-7, 250-pound Alie-Cox will fly to Indianapolis to sign the contract on Friday.

Because Alie-Cox was a fifth-year player at VCU, he was eligible for last year's National Football League draft, making him a free agent able to sign with any National Football League team.

Demetrius Harris, formerly at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, is not the only former basketball player to play tight end for the Chiefs.

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It's unclear how Alie-Cox will transition, but on a 90-man offseason roster these are moves that are worth making, taking a chance on a guy with upside. Other college basketball players who became National Football League tight ends include Antonio Gates, Jimmy Graham and Julius Thomas. "I think they were surprised at some of my measurements and the way I was moving". There's a lot of things in my life that if I would have just told myself otherwise it would not be. "I got good feedback from that and I haven't really hard too much, because I've been busy doing meetings right after".

However, he hasn't played football since his freshman year of high school nine years ago, according to the AP, and took only a month to prepare for this month's workouts for NFL scouts since he wanted to complete his hoops career.

Alie-Cox averaged 9.5 points and 4.2 rebounds per game for the Rams last season.

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