The Cleveland Browns have agreed to sign tight end Kyle Markway to a two-year deal according to his agent. Financial details are not available at this point.
Markway signed with the Browns practice squad on September 21st and finished the season with the team, being promoted for their final game against the Kansas City Chiefs. The team ultimately did not have him active for the game, but they've apparently seen enough of him that they want to get a longer look.
The Browns have Austin Hooper, David Njoku and Harrison Bryant under contract already and now add Markway. Stephen Carlson is scheduled to become a free agent.
Markway was an undrafted free rookie out of South Carolina. He's a hair under 6'4" and at least measured at his Pro Day at 250 pounds. He is currently 23 years old.
During his time with the Gamecocks, he showed some ability to attack down the seam as a receiver. Obviously, the Browns require all of their tight ends to block, whether that's inline or as a wing.
The tight end position has been integral to the Browns offense under Kevin Stefanski and there's no reason to believe that will change. Going into the 2021 season, one of the focuses will be getting more production from their tight ends after a pretty meager year from players like Hooper.
The tight ends deserve a ton of credit for the Browns success in the running game. The offensive line will always get the lion's share of the credit as they should, but the Browns tight ends were critical throughout the season.