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.