Feb 8, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Virginia Commonwealth Rams forward Mo Alie-Cox (12) dunks the ball against the George Washington Colonials during the first half at Charles E. Smith Center.  Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

The Indianapolis Colts are going in an unorthodox direction with their latest signing: former VCU Rams basketball player Mo-Alie Cox.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport that Cox is signing with the Colts, who previously tried out with the Kansas City Chiefs (more on that here).

Thirty teams had sent people to watch the 6-foot-6 athlete work out recently, but the Colts were the first to pull the trigger.

It’s likely they project Cox as a tight end, a position worth a flier for the Colts. With Dwayne Allen having left in free agency, Jack Doyle and Erik Swoope are Indy’s only two players left in the position, so there’s logic in bringing in someone to compete.

It’s unlikely the Colts end up keeping Cox for the regular season, but maybe he can compete for a spot in training camp. Nobody can comment on Cox’s football skills because he never played college football, but it can’t hurt to see what happens in the pros.

 Who knows? Maybe he’s the next Antonio Gates.

This article first appeared on Sportsnaut and was syndicated with permission.

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