ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Falcons made a couple of moves on Wednesday as they continued to prepare for the 2014 season.

The team announced a trade for Houston Texans quarterback T.J. Yates, and also agreed to terms with free agent linebacker Tim Dobbins.

The Falcons will give up linebacker Akeem Dent in exchange for Yates, who is from Marietta. Yates set 37 school records while playing at the University of North Carolina. He was selected in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Texans. As a rookie, he played in six games. His performance in week 14 earned him the AFC Player of the Week honors. Yates played four games in 2012, and three in 2013 as a backup.

Dobbins, 6-1, 234 pounds, was originally selected by the San Diego Chargers in the fifth round (151st overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft. He has played in 110 games with 22 starts while totaling 253 tackles (195 solo) with three interceptions, two sacks, and 12 passes defensed. Last season, Dobbins played in three games as a reserve linebacker. In three seasons with the Texans (2011-13), he played in 32 games with six starts and totaled 55 tackles with one interception and four passes defensed.


Dobbins spent his first four seasons in San Diego where he played in 62 games with 10 starts. In 2008, he registered career highs with 78 tackles (42 solo), one interception, and three forced fumbles. Dobbins spent the 2010 season with the Miami Dolphins where he played in 16 games with six starts and finished the year with 43 total tackles. The Nashville, Tennessee native earned All-Big 12 honors during his senior season at Iowa State.

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