Former Bears wide receiver Taylor Gabriel retires

USA Today

What a career. Former Chicago Bears wide receiver Taylor Gabriel announced his retirement on social media.

Gabriel was an undrafted free agent out of Abilene Christian University in Texas. The Browns signed him after the draft and he would go on to make 64 catches for 862 yards and a lone touchdown over two seasons.

But it was with the Atlanta Falcons that Gabriel burst on the NFL scene. He caught 68 passes for 957 yards and seven touchdowns, including three catches for 76 yards in a Super Bowl loss to the New England Patriots.

The Bears signed Gabriel in 2018 to a four-year $26 million dollar contract. He would only play two seasons for Chicago, catching 96 passes for 1,041 yards and six touchdowns. In 2019, Gabriel had his signature performance with the Bears catching six passes for 75 yards and three touchdowns. The 2019 season was cut short due to multiple concussions.

The Bears released Gabriel in early 2020 alongside cornerback Prince Amukamara. Then Gabriel opted out of the 2020 season because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Seven seasons in the league, counting the 2020 opt-out season, is remarkable for an undrafted free agent.

Congrats on a great career.


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