Former Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Taylor Gabriel is expected to sign with the Chicago Bears, according to his personal Twitter account.
It’s official … wide receiver Taylor Gabriel, who spent the last two seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, is headed to the Windy City.
The fan favorite is expected to sign a four-year deal with the Chicago Bears.
Gabriel made it official on his Twitter account with two tweets Wednesday:
While in Atlanta, his tremendous athletic ability and game changing speed earned him the nickname “Turbo.”
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Gabriel will be most certainly missed by Falcons fans and the Falcons will be missing a key dynamic presence next season, when he is used correctly.
Gabriel took the league by storm in 2016, instantly coming on the scene and thriving in former offensive coordinator Kyle Shannahan’s high-flying offense.
In 2016, Gabriel caught 35 passes for 579 yards and six touchdowns, plus a rushing touchdown, and was the ultimate secret weapon helping the Falcons reach the Super Bowl.
However his production declined in Steve Sarkisian’s offense last season with Gabriel catching 33 passes for 378 yards and only one touchdown.
Gabriel came into the NFL in 2014 as an undrafted free agent from Abilene Christian, making the Cleveland Browns roster and finishing his rookie season with career-highs of 36 receptions for 621 yards, while scoring one touchdown.
His production dipped in 2015, as he was inactive for three games and had just 28 catches on 48 targets — down from 72 as a rookie — for just 241 yards and no scores.
He was cut by the Browns at the end of the preseason in 2016 and was claimed off waivers by the Falcons, turning into a key contributor during Atlanta’s Super Bowl run that season and catching nine passes for 171 yards during the playoffs.
We wish him the best in his next endeavor with the Bears.