Gilbert On AAF Payroll: "Everything's Good Now"

Apollos quarterback Garrett Gilbert discussed all things AAF, including Tom Dundon's $250 million investment in the league

The DA Show
February 25, 2019 - 11:50 am
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Last week, Carolina Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon invested $250 million in the AAF, which reportedly allowed the league to meet its payroll obligations.

Orlando Apollos quarterback Garrett Gilbert, however, says the payroll issue was much ado about nothing.

“I believe there was a small glitch in our system,” Gilbert said on The DA Show. “It was unrelated, I think, and everything is good now. Everything has worked since Week 1, everything has kind of cleared itself up, and everything is good to go. No issues there. I think this stemmed from a small glitch in our system, but everything is good to go.”

Gilbert, 27, said that AAF players get paid weekly.

“The different NFL teams I’ve been on have had different systems, whether it was two weeks or weekly,” said Gilbert, who spent time with the Rams, Patriots, Lions, Raiders and Panthers from 2014 to 2018. “Ours is a weekly pay system.”

While some analysts felt the $250 million investment was a bad sign, Gilbert saw it as a good one. 

“I’m really excited to hear about that investment,” he said. “I think the league as a whole was, our team certainly was, and I think that just speaks to the success of the league over the first couple weeks. Obviously that stuff doesn’t happen overnight. To see the league, the way it was received over the first couple weeks of the season, it certainly creates a little bit of excitement and you see guys investing in it – that’s fantastic news. But that wasn’t something that I was necessarily concerning myself with because we had to get ready for a game that week. (The focus) was getting ready for San Antonio.”

Orlando beat San Antonio, 37-29, in Week 2 and Memphis, 21-17, in Week 3 to improve to 3-0. Gilbert leads the AAF with 827 passing yards and is second with five touchdown passes.

The Apollos play the Salt Lake Stallions (1-2) in Utah this Saturday at 4 p.m. ET.

“It’s going to be a tough one,” Gilbert said. “They just got a big win against Arizona, and we are certainly going to have to be prepared. Going on the road is always tough. We had a tough battle in San Antonio last week, and we’re going to have to be very sharp, especially traveling across the country. We’re going to have to have a great week of practice and get ready for a team that’s coming off a big win.”