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Will the Ravens pursue former Texans quarterback T.J. Yates?

Now that the Houston Texans have cut former starting quarterback T.J. Yates, there's a lot of talk about whether he'll be reunited with Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak in Baltimore.

It makes a lot of sense.

Yates has made five regular-season starts and two in the playoffs, and he's knowledgeable about Kubiak's system from their shared background with the Texans.

He has also drawn high marks for his leadership and character.

The former fifth-round draft pick from North Carolina could provide competition for  quarterback Tyrod Taylor for the backup job behind Joe Flacco.

Although the Ravens have been monitoring Yates' situation for quite a while, sources say it's no lock that they'll make a bid to try to acquire him. The Ravens have identified progress from Taylor this offseason, and they drafted former Ball State quarterback Keith Wenning in the sixth round.

The operative plan is for Taylor to back up Flacco in the final year of Taylor's rookie deal and for Wenning, who doesn't appear ready to do so this year, to be groomed as a backup for the future.

Yates is subject to the NFL waiver system. The Ravens rank in the middle of the priority list for waiver claims, and there are other teams ahead of them that could use Yates.

If Yates clears waivers, he can be signed as an unrestricted free agent. Any team that puts in a waiver claim and is awarded Yates would assume his nonguaranteed $645,000 base salary for this year.

Yates has played sparingly since his rookie season. The Texans ultimately went with Case Keenum as the starter last season when veteran Matt Schaub and the offense nosedived.

For his career, Yates, 27, has passed for 1,100 yards with three touchdowns and six interceptions. He's completed 60 percent of his throws. Last season, he completed 15 of 22 passes for 113 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions in three games with no starts.

As a rookie, Yates replaced Matt Leinart as the starter when he broke his collarbone. Yates won a playoff game over the Cincinnati Bengals.

He had three touchdowns, three interceptions, 949 passing yards as a rookie and had a career-high 80.7 passer rating.

If the Ravens do add Yates, he would become the fourth former Kubiak player to join them, following former Texans tight ends Owen Daniels and Phillip Supernaw and running back Justin Forsett.

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