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Texans trade QB Yates to Falcons for LB Dent

Flowery Branch, GA ( - The Atlanta Falcons traded linebacker Akeem Dent to the Houston Texans in exchange for quarterback T.J. Yates.

Originally selected by Houston in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft, Yates completed 101-of-166 passes for 1,100 yards with three touchdowns and six interceptions in 13 career games (five starts) with the Texans.

The trade comes just one day after the Texans announced that Ryan Fitzpatrick would be their starting quarterback. Case Keenum and Tom Savage will back up Fitzpatrick.

The Texans also agreed to terms with linebacker Tim Dobbins.

Dobbins has played in 110 career games (22 starts) with the Chargers, Dolphins and Texans, recording 253 tackles with three interceptions, two sacks, and 12 passes defensed. Last season, Dobbins played in three games as a reserve linebacker.

Dent spent the past three seasons with the Falcons. He had 136 tackles with 1 1/2 sacks and three passes defensed in 47 games (20 starts).

06/19 03:29:54 ET

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