T.J. Yates not released, but traded to Atlanta Falcons for Akeem Dent


Nov 17, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Atlanta Falcons middle linebacker Akeem Dent (52) works out prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

After word leaked that the Houston Texans were going to release backup quarterback T.J. Yates, the Atlanta Falcons called and made a deal for the three-year veteran QB.

The Falcons are sending linebacker Akeem Dent to the Texans for Yates, as reported by CSN Houston.

Jun 17, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans quarterback T.J. Yates (13) goes through drills during mini camp at Houston Methodist Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY Sports

CSN Houston wrote in quoting head coach Bill O’Brien:

"“T.J. Yates, I have nothing but good things to say about him. He came in here and worked hard. He’s a good pro.”"

Yates ends his Texans career of three seasons with 1,100 yards and three touchdown passes, with a career passer rating of 71.4. He was the first Texans QB in franchise history to win a playoff game.

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As for Dent, he was a third round selection by the Falcons in 2011, the 91st overall selection. The 26-year old played in 15-16 games in each of his first three seasons in the NFL, totaling 136 total tackles (81 solo) with 1.5 sacks and two forced fumbles.

In 2013, in 15 games, Dent (6-1, 239 pounds) had 51 total tackles *26 solo) with 1.5 sacks.