The Atlanta Falcons now have some insurance at the quarterback position, acquiring Texans QB T.J. Yates via a trade for linebacker Akeem Dent. Yates will battle former Duke star Sean Renfree for the right to back up Matt Ryan.
On Tuesday, Yates was to believe that he was being cut from the Texans’ roster. That was not official, however, and instead of releasing him for nothing, both the Falcons and Saints were both interested in making trades, and Atlanta got it done by sacrificing a former third-round pick.
The Texans receive Akeem Dent, who is coming off his third season. The ceiling is high for Dent, and Houston gets a big win-win with this trade. Their crowded quarterback situation has now shrunken from four guys to just three, and they also get a rising front seven guy who can add some depth, considering that Brian Cushing is coming off multiple major injuries.
Considering he won a playoff game in the Wild Card Round as a rookie pressed into duty, Houston got just about all it could have hoped for out of Yates, a fifth-round pick out of North Carolina in 2011. Now he gets the opportunity to learn behind one of the league’s best young signal-callers in Matt Ryan.
Almost immediately after the trading of Dent was announced, Atlanta announced the signing of eight-year veteran linebacker Tim Dobbins. The Falcons have also been working out former New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma to replace an injured Sean Weatherspoon.
The lack of depth at the quarterback position had to be concerning Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff, now he gets one of the best backups you could possibly ask for. If Matty Ice winds up getting hurt, look for Yates to step up in a big way.
- Justin Hodges is a Staff Writer for ProSportsExtra.com