The Ra’Shede Hageman era was almost entirely problems. He admitted he had some effort issues in college but his insane athleticism pushed one foolish team to draft him in the 2nd round.
That foolish team is back for more.
Former Minneapolis Washburn and #Gophers star Ra'Shede Hageman (@Rashedehageman) visited the #Falcons last Wednesday. The #NFL has handed him a 2-game suspension from his June 2018 DUI arrest. He's not appealing that and will accept his punishment, if/when he signs with a team. pic.twitter.com/5zGdUWSUx8— Darren Wolfson (@DWolfsonKSTP) April 8, 2019
Thomas Dimitroff has always had a certain affinity for terrible players he drafted too early. Peria Jerry. Sam Baker. But none were as disappointing as Hageman.
Hageman rarely looked good on the field between allegedly trying to find marijuana during the regular season and his later suspension and release after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor after being charged with interference with a call for emergency help, battery family violence, and cruelty to children in the third degree. Since that time, Hageman has reportedly (per the above tweet) gotten a DUI. Questions about effort, preparation, and attitude persisted throughout his career.
As far as his football acumen, Hageman last played in the NFL in 2016 where he started only 4 games. He turns 29 this offseason and has a paltry 4 career sacks across 44 games. Now his suspension will keep him out of the first two games of 2019.
It is frankly embarrassing to see the Falcons bring in Hageman for a visit. There is nothing to like about potentially bringing him back. With an offseason full of questionable moves (cutting Matt Bryant, paying Vic Beasley $12.8 million, stuck with Grady Jarrett’s full franchise number because they can’t work out a long-term deal), to see the team show any bit of interest in Hageman can bring into question everything the team is doing.
Has the braintrust learned from past failures or are they again doubling down on bad moves?