The Patriots who are dealing with the contract holdout of starting receiver Deion Branch and the ongoing injury status of second-round draft pick Chad Jackson needed to secure another target for quarterback Tom Brady. That target is a receiver with four years experience in the AFC West.
The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Gabriel will add much needed depth to a New England roster filled with fresh faces. Without Branch only one receiver -- Troy Brown -- was with the team last season.
More to come on the Gabriel deal shortly.