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Falcons release defensive tackle Ra'Shede Hageman


FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons have decided to part ways with defensive tackle Ra'Shede Hageman.

The team released the following statement on Monday:

"The Atlanta Falcons today terminated the contract of Ra'Shede Hageman, who was placed on the Commissioner's Exempt List on Sept. 2. The organizational decision to move forward without Hageman was made by the Falcons after a thorough investigative process by local authorities."

The NFL placed Hageman on the Commissioner's Exempt List as a result of domestic violence-related charges filed by prosecutors in DeKalb County, Ga., following a March 2016 incident. The criminal proceeding concluded in late August, and the league's investigation remains pending.

The Falcons drafted the former University of Minnesota standout in the second round (No. 37 overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft. The 6-foot-6, 318-pound Hageman played in 12 games last year and started four of them. He was credited with two sacks, 11 tackles and seven assisted tackles. Hageman started 15 games and played in 44 games during his three seasons in Atlanta.

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