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Former Browns receiver Taylor Gabriel announces his retirement

Gabriel spent two seasons in Cleveland after signing as an undrafted free agent in 2014.

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Taylor Gabriel, who spent two seasons with the Cleveland Browns, announced his retirement on Friday after playing six seasons in the NFL.

Gabriel made the announcement by posting a photo of himself lounging in a pool with the simple phrase “retired” on Twitter:

The Browns signed Gabriel in 2014 as an undrafted free agent out of Abilene Christian. He earned a roster spot after leading all Browns wide receivers with 10 receptions for 128 yards in the preseason.

In two seasons with Cleveland, the 5-foot-8 and 167-pound Gabriel had 64 receptions for 862 yards and one touchdown reception.

The Browns waived Gabriel at the end of training camp in 2016 after selecting wide receivers Corey Coleman, Jordan Payton, Ricardo Louis and Rashard Higgins in that year’s NFL Draft. Gabriel was picked up off waivers by the Atlanta Falcons, and he went on to have 35 receptions for 579 yards and six touchdown as the Falcons made it all the way to the Super Bowl.

Gabriel was not able to repeat his on-field success the following season, and after just two seasons the Falcons let him walk in free agency.

The Chicago Bears welcomed Gabriel with a four-year contract, but he only ended up playing two seasons with the Bears as he sat out 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In his two years in Chicago, Gabriel had 96 receptions for 1,041 yards and six touchdown receptions.

Gabriel finishes his six-year career with 228 receptions for 2,860 yards and 14 touchdown receptions.