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Bears adding Taylor Gabriel to wide receiver group

Atlanta Falcons v Tampa Bay Buccaneers

TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 18: Wide receiver Taylor Gabriel #18 of the Atlanta Falcons runs for several yards after avoiding a tackle by middle linebacker Kendell Beckwith #51 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second quarter of an NFL football game on December 18, 2017 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

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The Bears came into the offseason with big needs at wide receiver and they’ve been aggressive about addressing them.

They landed Allen Robinson with a three-year deal after the first day of “legal tampering” and now they are also expected to sign a four-year deal with former Falcon Taylor Gabriel. The news came from Gabriel’s former Browns teammate and current Joe Thomas podcast co-host Andrew Hawkins, who named Gabriel as the source for his scoop.

Gabriel played two years with the Browns to start his career and moved on to the Falcons after getting cut in 2016. He emerged as a big-play threat with seven touchdowns as the Falcons made their way to the Super Bowl. His productivity declined last season, but it still looks like an upgrade over much of what the Bears were working with offensively in 2017 and new coach Matt Nagy was part of a Chiefs offense that made plenty of big plays the last couple of years.

The Bears are also set to sign tight end Trey Burton and they’ll have a much different look on offense if all deals move forward as planned on Wednesday.