Adam Caplan of ESPN reports that the Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms with impending free-agent quarterback T.J. Yates to return to the team on a one-year deal. Per Caplan’s source, the deal is worth $1.5 million. Yates was set to become an unrestricted free agent later this afternoon when the new league year started at 4 p.m. Eastern time.
Yates was acquired by the Falcons last June in a trade with the Houston Texans involving linebacker Akeem Dent. Yates spent the entire 2014 season as the backup quarterback to starter Matt Ryan, but only made one appearance: getting some mop-up duty in a 56-14 blowout of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 3. Yates managed to beat out Sean Renfree in a closely contested training camp competition that went down to the final preseason game, in which Yates barely edged out the second-year passer.
Yates spent three seasons with the Texans prior to joining the Falcons, with his most extensive action coming during his rookie year in 2011. That season, he started seven games, including two in the playoffs, as an injury replacement for starter Matt Schaub and backup Matt Leinart. The Texans went 3-4 in that span, while Yates passed for 1,292 yards, four touchdowns and six interceptions. He made no starts over his next two seasons with the Texans, appearing in a total of seven games over that span and throwing for 151 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions.
Yates was originally selected by the Texans in the fifth round of the 2011 draft out of North Carolina. He is a native of Marietta, Georgia where he attended Pope High School.