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Ra’Shede Hageman placed on commissioner exempt list

The veteran defensive tackle’s future with the Atlanta Falcons is in serious flux.

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Ra’Shede Hageman never blossomed into an elite player, but he had become a useful one, capable of using his power to help out as a run defender and rush the passer. He figured to be the team’s third true defensive tackle this season behind Grady Jarrett and Dontari Poe, but in a surprising twist, he’s has been placed on the commissioner exempt list.

That news comes to us via the team’s official roster announcement, but it was also teased by D. Orlando Ledbetter.

Hageman was involved in a domestic incident that has been winding its way through the court system. It’s unclear if this move is related to his old domestic violence charge, or if he has another incident. Hageman was set to be a free agent after the 2017 season, regardless. He will not be able to attend games or practice.

The league did the same thing with Greg Hardy’s domestic violence case. It’s not clear what the hold up was here. Additionally, John Brown was placed on the same list during his domestic violence investigation. Regardless, it feels very, very unlikely Hageman plays another snap for the Falcons.

Atlanta’s likely to scoop up another defensive tackle, I’d think, and there is a ton of talent cut in the last few days. They currently have a ton of cornerbacks and linebackers, and they could make a cut there if they can find an interior presence they like. We’ll see what tomorrow brings for Hageman.

Update: This is indeed related to his domestic violence arrest.