The Falcons have already confirmed that they’ve signed DT Ra’Shede Hageman to a one-year contract.
“As an organization we believe in opportunities when people take responsibility for their actions and are committed to change,” Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff said. “We believe Ra’Shede understands that his conduct was wrong and has learned from his mistakes. He has met the obligations of the court in his prior matters and worked hard over the last two years including community service, intensive course work and rehab. That said, we understand the seriousness of his actions, and he knows we will not tolerate abusive behavior in any form.”
“Ra’Shede has taken responsibility for his actions and continues to show genuine remorse as well as an ongoing commitment to getting better. He has put in the work necessary for us to give him another opportunity,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said.
Hageman visited with the Falcons a few weeks ago and met with the Vikings before that, but it appears as though Atlanta was impressed enough to offer him a contract before this year’s draft.
Last year, Hageman was attempting a comeback and worked out for the Patriots before he was arrested in June on a fourth-degree misdemeanor charge of driving while impaired.
The NFL recently suspended Hageman for the first two weeks of the regular season.
Hageman, 28, is a former second-round pick of the Falcons back in 2014. He was in the third year of his four-year, $5,335,842 contract and set to make a base salary of $905,076 for the 2017 season when he was waived by Atlanta at the start of last season.
Hageman was suspended six games for a domestic violence incident that occurred last March involving the mother of his child. He wound up sitting out the entire 2017 season.
In 2016, Hageman appeared in all 12 games for the Falcons and recorded 18 total tackles and two sacks.