It’s not taking long to prove the point that, if the Alliance of American football shutdown in large part from trying to leverage a relationship with the NFL and the NFLPA, it’s because they knew some of their talent would be playing there soon. And it continued on Friday, when the quarterback of the top team in the AAF, Orlando’s Garrett Gilbert, signed a non-guaranteed one-year deal with the Cleveland Browns.
Browns plan to sign former Orlando Apollos’ QB Garrett Gilbert. NFL quickly scooping up the best of the AAF.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 5, 2019
Gilbert, who finished last season on the Panthers roster, and actually played in their final game of the season was distinctly the best quarterback for the eight weeks of play in the AAF.
He finished with a 61% completion percentage throwing for just over 2,100 yards with 13 TDS in 3 Ints in those eight games. However, his composure and late-game leadership was even bigger and helped Orlando pull out three different games in the final minutes to have the League’s best record 7 – 1.
Unfortunately for Gilbert, his Orlando team and the rest of the AAF, league chairman Thomas Dundon ,who only invested in the Alliance in February, elected to shut the lead down on Tuesday.
Obviously, Cleveland is ready to take a huge step in terms of improvement and relevancy in 2019 with former Heisman winner Baker Mayfield at the helm. The Browns have also acquired Odell Beckham Jr. in a trade from the New York Giants to pair him with second-year Cleveland and former Dolphins receiver, Jarvis Landry.
New Browns QB Garrett Gilbert is interesting, in that he was a blue-chip recruit, and actually played in the nat'l title game as a true freshman, when Colt McCoy got hurt. (Things went sideways after.)
Also, same HS as Baker Mayfield, who was in 8th grade when he graduated.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) April 5, 2019
Gilbert transferred from Texas and actually finished his career at SMU before latching on in the NFL. as an undrafted free agent.
Gilbert played under the tutelage of former Florida legendary QB and coach, Steve Spurrier, with the Apollos. And that obviously is another endorsement his success, especially when it comes to passing offense.
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