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NFL World Reacts To The Browns' Surprise Signing

Texas Tech 2020-21 basketball team on the court.

LUBBOCK, TEXAS - DECEMBER 06: Terrence Shannon Jr. #1, Mac McClung #0, Marcus Santos-Silva #14, Kyler Edwards #11, and Jamarius Burton #2 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders walk onto the court after a timeout during the first half of the college basketball game against the Grambling State Tigers at United Supermarkets Arena on December 06, 2020 in Lubbock, Texas. (Photo by John E. Moore III/Getty Images)

The Cleveland Browns announced a unique signing earlier today. They inked Texas Tech basketball forward Marcus Santos-Silva to a free agent deal as a tight end.

Santos-Silva did not play college football. In fact, the 6-foot-6, 261-pound bruiser didn't even play high school football, stopping his career on the gridiron after eighth grade.

Now, he's giving the sport another shot at its highest level. It goes without saying that Santos-Silva is a longshot to make the roster, but his storyline will be intriguing to follow in the coming months.

He's already sparking conversation on social media.

Santos-Silva started his college hoops career at VCU, playing three seasons for the Rams from 2017-20 before transferring to Texas Tech. He was a starter for the Red Raiders in 2020-21 before transitioning to a key reserve role this past season.

In 37 games in 2021-22, Santos-Silva produced 4.7 points and 4.1 rebounds per appearance. He produced eight points and six rebounds in TTU's Big 12 Championship Game loss to Kansas and added 10 points and six rebounds in the Red Raiders' three NCAA Tournament games.

We'll see if Santos-Silva can follow in the footsteps of Antonio Gates and Mo Alie-Cox and successfully make the transition from the hardwood to the gridiron.