Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Taylor Gabriel catches a touchdown pass as Los Angeles Rams middle linebacker Alec Ogletree looks on during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Photo: Rick Scuteri/AP
Photo: Rick Scuteri/AP

Reports: Gabriel lands four-year deal with Bears 

Gabriel, who played two seasons with the Falcons and was a key part to the team’s march to Super Bowl LI, can’t sign with his new team until the start of the NFL’s new business year on Wednesday.

Gabriel didn’t provide the same explosive plays last season as he did in 2016 and the Falcons elected not to re-sign him after a major drop off last season.

In 2016, Gabriel had 11 plays of 19 yards or more and five long touchdowns (76, 64, 47, 35 and 25 yards.) Last season, he had only one touchdown last season, which went for 40 yards, as he totaled 33 receptions for  378 yards. He only had four plays for 19 yards or more and trouble getting off the line of scrimmage. 

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said he believes that either Reggie Davis or Marvin Hall will step forward to claim Gabriel’s old spot with a strong offseason. 

CLICK HERE to read reat story that Steve Hummer wrote on Gabriel during the magical 2016 season.