Apollos QB Garrett Gilbert signs with NFL’s Panthers
It was announced today that QB Garrett Gilbert will finish out the NFL’s regular season with the Carolina Panthers. What does that mean for the Apollos?
With less than 50 days until kickoff, the Apollos find themselves at a crossroads. Their presumptive starting quarterback has jumped back to the NFL. Or has he? Thanks to some convenient structuring of contacts and the allocation system, Gilbert remains an Apollo. Sort of.
According to team officials, Gilbert’s Alliance rights are retained by the Apollos, despite him signing with an NFL team and triggering the NFL “out clause” in his AAF contract. His allocation (via the QB draft) lasts for three years, so Apollos fans don’t have to worry about Gilbert jumping ship to the XFL next season.
Can Gilbert come back this year?
The question remains if Gilbert comes back to the Apollos in time for training camp. The short answer is yes, but it depends on a few factors. The Panthers are already eliminated from the playoffs, and are starting third-string rookie Kyle Allen in their season finale. Gilbert will operate as the backup. Allen is playing for his job, so unless he physically can’t play, or delivers a Nathan Peterman-type performance, he won’t see the field on Sunday.
If Gilbert doesn’t see the field, it is likely that he gets cut. The Panthers cut him before, and brought him back in this emergency situation because of his familiarity with the offense. That being said, Carolina has their three QBs, and don’t need to keep another on the books until training camp.
Should Gilbert get to play, and plays well a la Josh Johnson with the Washington Redskins, there’s a good chance he sticks around with the Panthers. It all depends on how much they like Kyle Allen.