Falcons place second round tender Gabriel, other moves


The Falcons placed a second-round tender on wide receiver Taylor Gabriel, the team announced officially on Wednesday.

Gabriel’s agent had previously confirmed the move.

The Falcons also tendered exclusive rights free agents: free agent Ricardo Allen, defensive tackle/guard Ben Garland and cornerback Akeem King.

Gabriel is in line to receive a hefty raise. He set to make $2.7 million after playing for $510,000 last season.

Gabriel was claimed off waivers from the Cleveland Browns.

He added a spark to the offense with his speed and toughness. As the third receiver behind Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu, Gabriel finished with 35 catches for 579 yards and six touchdowns.

Gabriel averaged 19 yards per catch, on nine catches, in the playoffs.

A tender offer gives the Falcons the right of first refusal if a player is offered a contract from other teams and draft compensation should the player sign elsewhere as a restricted free agent.

Allen, a converted conerback, finished his second season as the starting free safety. Garland contributed on defense and offense last season. King, a converted safety, will get to continue his conversion to cornerback.



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