With the AAF suspending operations a few days ago, NFL teams have more potential free agents signing to bolster the depth of their rosters.
The Cleveland Browns have been one of those teams by signing quarterback Garrett Gilbert according to Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal.
Gilbert will join Baker Mayfield and Drew Stanton in the quarterback room and could be a solid backup to Mayfield while Stanton continues to be the veteran leader/coach in the room.
The 27-year-old bounced around the NFL during his first five seasons in the league including being a backup to Cam Newton in Carolina in 2017-18 including getting his first in-game action in the 2018 finale last season.
He was drafted into the AAF by the Orlando Apollos and made the most of his second chance at professional football in the jumpstart league.
In eight starts for the Apollos, Gilbert completed 60.6% of his attempts for 2,152 yards, 13 touchdowns and throwing only three interceptions.
He won AAF Offensive Player of the Week in Week 2 when he threw for 393 yards and two touchdowns against San Antonio.
The Browns have been adamant during the offseason that they felt confident with Stanton being the backup and that if he would ever have to play that he could get the job done.
Adding Gilbert I think means that they want to see if what he did in the AAF was a fluke or if he does have the talent to be an NFL quarterback and that he just needed the playing experience to prove to everyone he can play at the position.
He was a highly-touted recruit out of high school but struggled at Texas and ended up transferring to SMU before being drafted in the sixth round back in 2014.
It’s a low-risk situation for the Browns but adding Gilbert could provide talent and stability to the Browns quarterback room with Mayfield, Gilbert and Stanton.