The Texans acquired inside linebacker Akeem Dent from the Falcons in exchange for backup quarterback T.J. Yates last summer and ended up starting six games and playing 227 snaps on defense for Houston.
On Tuesday, the Texans re-signed Dent to a new two-year contract, according to Josina Anderson of ESPN.
Houston has long been trying to find a second inside linebacker to pair with Brian Cushing. Dent is unlikely to be that guy. He’s a decent run stopper, but can’t cover a lick. He’ll continue to fill a reserve and special teams role for the Texans, while General Manager Rick Smith should be looking for linebacker help in the draft after losing Brooks Reed to the Falcons via free agency.
Dent, a former third-round pick, is entering his age-28 season.