Gilbert led the Apollos to a 7-1 record while throwing for 2,152 yards, 13 touchdowns, and just three interceptions across eight games. Gilbert was named Offensive Player of the Week in Week 2 of the AAF season after a 393-yard, two-touchdown performance that represented an AAF record for passing yards in a game.
Previously, Gilbert was a sixth-round pick of the then-St. Louis Rams in 2014. He was released prior to the start of the season and joined the teams practice squad, and he bounced around the practice squads and active rosters of the Patriots, Lions, Raiders, and Panthers over the next several years before joining the AAF this offseason.
Now, he joins a Browns quarterback room that includes 2018 No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield and Drew Stanton. And hes not the only AAF player getting a shot on an NFL roster.
Former AAF players to sign with an NFL team so far:* CB Keith Reaser: Chiefs* WR Rashad Ross: Panthers* QB Garrett Gilbert: Browns* DB Duke Thomas: Vikings* DB DeVante Bausby: Broncos
In Cleveland, where he signed a two-year contract, hell not only have that, but a chance to win a starting job. Burnett joins Eric Murray, acquired in a trade with the Chiefs for Emmanuel Ogbah, in the competition at strong safety. If he wins the job, hell play opposite free safety Damarious Randall, his former Packers teammate.
With the league having only shut down two days ago, they presumably will not be the only players who eventually land on rosters (heres a look at some others who are deserving), but theyre the ones getting the first look.
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Gilbert, who played with the Orlando Apollos, was the leagues leading passer, completing 60.6 percent of his passes for 2,152 yards with 13 touchdowns and just three interceptions.
The 6-foot-4 GIlbert will be the third quarterback on the Browns roster, joining Baker Mayfield and Drew Stanton.
One of the most prolific high school quarterbacks in Texas history, Gilbert played at the University of Texas and Southern Methodist and was a sixth-round pick of the St. Louis Rams in 2014.
But after just two months on the practice squad his rookie year, he was cut. Short stints with the New England Patriots and Detroit Lions followed, and Gilbert spent 2017 on the Oakland Raiders practice squad. He was on a 53-man roster for the first time last year, with the Carolina Panthers, and made his first-ever regular-season appearance in the regular-season finale.
The 30-year-old Burnett spent last season with the Pittsburgh Steelers after playing with the Green Bay Packers for the first eight years of his career. Burnett was released earlier this week after asking the Steelers to let him go earlier in the offseason.