FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – The Atlanta Falcons announced that they have signed defensive tackle Ra’Shede Hageman to a one-year deal on Friday morning.
Hageman, 28, was the Falcons' second-round pick back in 2014 and started 16 games for the team over three seasons. Hageman recorded 61 tackles and four sacks in 44 games before he was released by the team prior to the 2017 season.
“As an organization we believe in opportunities when people take responsibility for their actions and are committed to change,” Falcons general manager 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.”
Hageman started for the Falcons in Super Bowl LI.
“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.
The 6-foot-6, 318-pound Hageman was a third team All-American and first team All-Big Ten selection in 2013 while at the University of Minnesota.