The Falcons will keep a familiar face as the No. 2 quarterback behind Matt Ryan, as the club has re-signed backup QB T.J. Yates, according to Adam Caplan of ESPN (Twitter link). Yates will earn $1.5MM on a one-year deal, per Caplan.
Earlier this week, we heard that four teams (in addition to Atlanta) were expressing interest in the 27-year-old Yates, but he’ll return to the place where he spent the entire 2014 season after being traded by the Texans. Yates, a former fifth-round pick, started five games during his rookie season in 2011, and even lead Houston to a playoff victory over the Bengals. Playing behind Ryan last season, though, he received next to no playing time, attempting just four passes.
In the final season of his rookie deal, Yates earned a base salary of only $645K, so he’ll receive a raise of more than 100%.