On Friday, the Cleveland Browns announced that they had signed Gilbert, along with fellow safety Morgan Burnett. He made his pro debut in the Panthers' season finale previous year and completed two passes for 40 yards.
The Browns had notable interest in Burnett considering the 30-year-old played alongside current Browns starting free safety Damarious Randall in Green Bay for three seasons from 2015-2017.
Now they'll rekindle their chemistry on the Browns, as Burnett will look to earn the starting strong safety job vacated by Jabrill Peppers when he was traded to the Giants as part of that blockbuster Odell Beckham Jr. trade.
Burnett was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday. Burnett has recorded 713 tackles, 50 passes defensed, nine interceptions, nine fumble recoveries and forced eight fumbles. He was a 2014 sixth-round pick of the then-St. Gilbert and Mayfield both attended Lake Travis High School in Austin, Texas.
A former sixth-round National Football League pick for the former St. Louis Rams (who have since moved to Los Angeles), Gilbert led the AAF in passing statistics, with 2,152 yards and 13 touchdowns through the air this season with the Apollos.
The 27-year old Gilbert does have some National Football League experience under his belt. At a minimum he provides a needed third arm in OTAs and minicamp, and at best he might compete with Drew Stanton to be the backup to Baker Mayfield. Louis Rams and spent time with New England, Detroit, Oakland and Carolina, where he played in one game before being released.