Source says Atlanta Falcons WR Russell Gage plans to sign with Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Russell Gig He will remain in the NFC South next season but will receive passes from Tom Brady instead of Matt Ryan.

The free agent receiver plans to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a source told ESPN Jeremy Fowler.

with no Antonio BrownThe Bucs earned a relegation point at the No. 3 reception last season behind the Pro Bowlers Mike Evans And the Chris GoodwinWhich became all the more apparent after Brown was fired from the team and Goodwin injured his knee at the end of the season. Tyler Johnson It did not flash and sometimes had difficulties when taking on a larger workload.

Gage had back-to-back seasons of over 700 yards for the Atlanta Falcons in 2020 and 2021 as he increased his role after injuries sustained Julio Jones In 2020 and personal issues that persist Calvin Ridley Out of 12 games last season.

After sustaining an ankle injury in Week 2, Gage, 26, missed three games and even when he came back, he wasn’t healthy until the second half of the season. He featured over the last two months, collecting 11 passes for 130 yards against the Buccaneers on December 5. He also had nine receptions for 126 yards and a touchdown at the end of the season against the New Orleans Saints.

Gage set the best jobs in yards per reception (11.7), catch percentage (70.2%) and yards per goal (8.2) last season.

The 6-footed, 184-pounder striker had 193 catches on 287 goals from 2,065 yards and nine touchdowns in his four seasons with the Falcons after being drafted in the sixth round in 2018.

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ESPN’s Jenna Lynn and Michael Rothstein contributed to this report.

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