Texans didn't release T.J. Yates, instead trade him to Atlanta

Texans didn't release T.J. Yates, instead trade him to Atlanta

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Houston Texans quarterback T.J Yates looks for a receiver against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011, in Jacksonville, Fla. Houston won 20-13.(AP Photo/John Raoux)

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by Josh Katzowitz / CBS Sports

CBS SPORTS

Posted on June 19, 2014 at 8:40 AM

Updated Thursday, Jun 19 at 8:40 AM

Though it was believed that, after the Texans named Ryan Fitzpatrick the starting quarterback, the team had released backup T.J. Yates on Tuesday, it turns out that wasn't the case after all.

Instead ...

As CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora writes, Yates actually was never released and never placed on waivers.

Wrote La Canfora: "Yates was informed by the club he would not be back with them but rather than waive him there was some trade value and by sending him to the Falcons the Texans can control where he ends up."

T.J. Yates has been traded to the Falcons. (USATSI)
T.J. Yates has been traded to the Falcons. (USATSI)

With Fitzpatrick as the starter in Texas and with Case Keenum and fourth-round pick Tom Savage as his backups, the Texans could afford to swap Yates for Akeem Dent.

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