There was a time not too long ago when Taylor Gabriel said he wanted to be with the Atlanta Falcons "forever." Unfortunately, the soon-to-be free agent wide receiver knows fulfilling such a desire is out of his control. Gabriel set the bar high with an impressive 2016 season when he topped all Falcons -- including Julio Jones -- with six touchdown receptions. Those scores averaged 42.7 yards, earned him the nickname "Turbo" and were part of the reason the Falcons rode the league's most explosive offense all the way to the Super Bowl. But this past season, Gabriel wasn't nearly as much of a big-play threat as he scored just one touchdown on 41 total touches. Now the Falcons, who need a deep threat to complement Jones, may move forward without Gabriel. He understands the possibility and is ready to accept it. "I love the Falcons but, like I always say, it's a business, man," Gabriel told ESPN. "You never know what's going on upstairs and things like that. But I love the Falcons. I'm very grateful for the opportunity that they gave me. "Going to a Super Bowl with those guys in that locker room, the brotherhood and being a part of that, that's a blessing, man. That's why I said I want to be a Falcon forever. That's something special. That's something that you don't get going from team to team. And that's a brotherhood that I'll forever, forever remember if I'm with them or if I'm not with them." Gabriel, a former undrafted player who made the league only after a tryout, is used to proving himself. The 5-foot-8, 165-pound speedster thought he made enough of an impression on the Cleveland Browns but ended up being released before the 2016 season and claimed by the Falcons.
Taylor Gabriel “grateful” Falcons wanted him, but free agency is “a business”
ESPN | Feb 19