The Atlanta Falcons announced this morning that they officially re-signed defensive tackle, Ra'Shede Hageman, to a one-year deal. The 28-year-old started for the Falcons in Super Bowl LI and was the team's second-round pick in 2014. In 2017, the Falcons released Hageman, who is 6-foot-6 and 318 pounds for domestic violence allegations.
Hageman served a six-game suspension for these accusations. He now faces a two-game suspension at the beginning of the 2019 season for driving under the influence last summer and violating the league's substance abuse policy.
Following the initial allegations, Hageman was placed on the Commissioner's Exempt List. NFL.com said, "The Exempt List is a special player status available to clubs only in unusual circumstances. The List includes those players who have been declared by the Commissioner to be temporarily exempt from counting within the Active List limit." Only the Commissioner has the right to place and remove a player from the list.
Head coach Dan Quinn was notified of his suspension this month, but wanted to give Hageman a second chance. "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," Quinn said.
The Falcons have continuously tried to grow their defensive line in this offseason. Hageman had 41 tackles in his first go-around with the team, but the organization has to wait and see if he is truly a reformed person and an improved athlete to know if they made the right choice.