Former NFL wide receiver Taylor Gabriel announced his retirement from football on Friday night in an Instagram post.
Gabriel spent his six years in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns, Atlanta Falcons and Chicago Bears. He signed with the Browns in 2014 as an undrafted free agent, staying with the team for two years. After his stint with Cleveland, Gabriel signed with Atlanta. Two successful seasons later, Gabriel signed a four year contract with the Chicago Bears.
The Bears released Gabriel in February 2020 as a means of saving cap space. He proceeded to not sign with a team, sitting out of the 2020 NFL Season due to COVID-19.
Gabriel was an above-average option from the slot position throughout his career, utilizing his speed and route-running ability to get open. Over 83 games and 31 starts, he recorded 228 receptions, 2860 yards and 14 touchdowns. He posted his best statistics in his first year in Chicago, racking up 67 receptions for 688 yards.
Taylor Gabriel retires with an impressive career, especially considering his beginnings as an undrafted free agent. He never made any Pro Bowls and was never considered a top player in the NFL. However, Gabriel is an example of consistency and performing above expectations.
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