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Yates, who played at Pope High School in nearby Marietta, Georgia, took to his Twitter account to say, "Rise Up," which is the Falcons' slogan.
The Texans had planned to cut Yates after naming Ryan Fitzpatrick the starter on Tuesday but changed direction once other teams learned of their plans and began to make trade offers.
The Falcons also said Wednesday that they had signed veteran linebacker Tim Dobbins to a contract.
ESPN.com's Tania Ganguli contributed to this report.