Former Falcons second-round pick Ra’Shede Hageman, after being out of the game for two seasons, was re-signed to a one-year contract, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution learned Friday.
“As an organization, we believe in opportunities when people take responsibility for their actions and are committed to change,” 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.”
The Falcons parted ways with Hageman after his legal troubles started to mount in September 2017.
“Ra’Shede has taken responsibility for his actions and continues to show genuine remorse as well as an ongoing commitment to getting better,” coach Dan Quinn said. “He has put in the work necessary for us to give him another opportunity.”
Hageman, 28, who played in 44 games and made 16 starts for the Falcons, said he’s been “humbled” and wants to get back on the field. He started in Super Bowl LI for the Falcons.