FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – The Atlanta Falcons announced that they hired defensive tackle Ra'Shede Hageman for a one-year contract on Friday morning.
Hageman, 28, was the second-round pick of the Falcons in 2014 and started 16 games for the team in three seasons. Hageman recorded 61 tackles and four sacks in 44 games before the team pitched it before the 2017 season.
"As an organization, we believe in opportunities when people take responsibility for their actions and commit to change," said Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff. "We believe that Ra & # 39; Shede understands that his behavior was wrong and that he has learned from his mistakes." He has fulfilled the obligations of the court in his previous affairs and has worked hard for the past two years, including community service. , the intensive work of the course and the rehabilitation, that being said, we understand the seriousness of his actions and he knows that we will not tolerate any type of abusive behavior ".
Hageman started for the Falcons in the LI Super Bowl.
"Ra & # 39; Shede has taken responsibility for his actions and continues to show genuine remorse, as well as an ongoing commitment to improve, he has done the necessary work to give us another chance," said Falcons coach Dan Quinn .
The 6-foot-6, 318-pound Hageman was a third All-American team and the first All-Big Ten selection team in 2013 while at the University of Minnesota.