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Report: Taylor Gabriel gets second-round tender

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The Falcons will place the second-round tender on restricted free agent wide receiver Taylor Gabriel, ESPN.com’s Vaughn McClure reported Friday.

The Falcons likely feel comfortable that Gabriel won’t receive an offer from another team at that tender level because a team that signs Gabriel would owe the Falcons a second-round pick.

Gabriel was a productive waiver-wire find for the Falcons last September. He scored five touchdowns last season and ended up playing a key role in the Falcons’ high-scoring offense.

If the Falcons and Gabriel can’t come to an agreement on a long-term deal, the second-round tender means he’ll make about $2.8 million in 2017. If he plays next season under the tender he’ll be eligible for unrestricted free agency in 2018.

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10 Responses to “Report: Taylor Gabriel gets second-round tender”
  1. jjackwagon says: Mar 3, 2017 1:40 PM

    If he plays for the $2.8 he better take out a huge insurance policy for injury.

  2. najacoo22 says: Mar 3, 2017 1:42 PM

    Only a second rounder? Go for it, Cleveland! Wait…

  3. grogansheroes says: Mar 3, 2017 2:05 PM

    Seems to me a 2nd round pick is a small price to pay for a proven receiver.

  4. klutch14u says: Mar 3, 2017 2:22 PM

    Why wouldn’t a team trade a 2nd round pick for a guy they’ve seen on an actual NFL football field? The entire draft is a craphshoot and a team will use a 2nd round pick on a guy that’s never taken an NFL snap

  5. bobthebillsfan says: Mar 3, 2017 2:26 PM

    I think this is a mistake on the Falcons’ part. If their opponents follow Bill Belichicks’ model to take away a teams best offensive weapon, Gabriel will get a lot of targets next year. Julio was only thrown to 4 times in SB51, way below his normal number of targets.

  6. pau49ers says: Mar 3, 2017 3:32 PM

    Why not do it?????? Are you people delusional? He had 35 catches for 580 yards and his QB was the MVP. You have to pay him more than 2.8 mill and give up a 2nd rounder. You can get a very good wide receiver or the future for 800k in the 2nd round. Sterling Shepard and Michael Thomas were 2nd rounders last year and both had better seasons than him.

  7. pau49ers says: Mar 3, 2017 3:43 PM

    klutch14u says:
    Mar 3, 2017 2:22 PM
    Why wouldn’t a team trade a 2nd round pick for a guy they’ve seen on an actual NFL football field? The entire draft is a craphshoot and a team will use a 2nd round pick on a guy that’s never taken an NFL snap
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    Every wide receiver taken in the 2nd round last year had more yards than him at 1/4 the price of this contract. What’s the crapshoot?

  8. omeimontis says: Mar 3, 2017 4:00 PM

    Past results of the draft cannot guarantee future success. Some teams, like Niners and KC, have spent a first round pick on a WR that didn’t work out and wound up getting cut or traded. In fact, HOF Al Davis’ first round pick was a WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (7th pick overall) and he is now a Steeler making about 1.2 mil. The Niners may think about signing him and giving the Falcons a future second round pick.

  9. kwjsb says: Mar 4, 2017 8:47 AM

    This might seem silly, But the Browns should offer him a contract, a #2 with their history of drafting would be a deal and Taylor should have been kept with Pryor and Coleman

  10. mrfrostyj says: Mar 6, 2017 12:05 AM

    It seems some people think a second round tender equals his value which is incorrect. If a guy drafted in the 2nd round put up his numbers he’d be considered a bust. The point is to guarantee no one takes him by making it way too expensive to acquire him. A team would have to be dumb or desperate to give up a second round pick for a guy you know doesn’t have 2nd round talent.

    For those stating Cleveland should do it that would definitely be dumb to give up a second rounder for a guy they dropped at a way cheaper rate in order to go full speed ahead on the Terrelle Pryor experiment which was a resounding success.

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