As a restricted free agent, it’s highly likely that Atlanta Falcons receiver Taylor Gabriel will be on the team in 2017. But if he gets his way, Gabriel will be in Atlanta far beyond that.
“Of course, I want to be a Falcon forever,” Gabriel said, via ESPN’s Vaughn McClure. “Just the camaraderie and the group, from [coach] Dan Quinn to the owner [Arthur Blank]. And everyone has bought into what we have here. Yes, I want to be a Falcon forever.”
Gabriel is in luck. Per McClure, Atlanta general manager Thomas Dimitroff said of Gabriel that “we want him back as well.”
The business end of football can complicate things, but Gabriel and the Falcons should want a reunion.
In 2016, he caught 35 passes for 579 yards and six touchdowns. Gabriel’s speed and playmaking ability made him a perfect third option for Matt Ryan in the passing game if Julio Jones and/or Mohamed Sanu were taken away.
Additionally, Gabriel is all to familiar with the other side of the NFL.
In 2014 and 2015, he was a member of the constantly dysfunctional Cleveland Browns (something the Falcons poked fun at during the season). With that, he can certainly draw a direct comparison between a strong organization from a poor one.
Naturally, if the numbers work, the strong team is where anyone would like to play.