Posted: 4:07 pm Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Falcons reach deals with Matthews, Hageman 

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

HYOSUB SHIN / AJC May 16, 2014 Flowery Branch - Atlanta Falcons rookie offensive tackle Jake Matthews #70 runs a drill during the first day of Mini-Camp for rookies on Friday, May 16, 2014. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

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May 16, 2014 Flowery Branch – Atlanta Falcons rookie offensive tackle Jake Matthews #70 runs a drill during the first day of Mini-Camp for rookies on Friday, May 16, 2014. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

The Falcons have agreed to terms with first-round pick Jake Matthews and second-round pick Ra’Shede Hageman on Wednesday.

The Falcons selected Matthews with the sixth pick overall in the 2014 NFL Draft out of Texas A&M. Matthews, a two-time All-American and all-SEC first-team selection, is expected to compete and win the starting right tackle position.

Matthews is expected to help improve the unit that allowed quarterback Matt Ryan to be sacked 44 times last season, third-most in the NFL. The Falcons also averaged 77.9 yards rushing per game in 2013, last in the NFL behind some shoddy run-blocking.

Matthews is the son of Bruce Matthews, who played 19 years in the NFL and is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He is the fourth member of his family to be selected in the first round and the seventh to reach the NFL.

His grandfather, Clay Matthews Sr., a former Georgia Tech standout, played four seasons for the San Francisco 49ers in the 1950’s. He is the nephew of Clay Matthews Jr., who played 16  seasons in the NFL, including two with the Falcons (1995-96) and is the cousin of Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews III.

After selecting Matthews, the Falcons picked Hageman with their second-round pick, No. 37 overall.

HYOSUB SHIN / AJC May 16, 2014 Flowery Branch - Atlanta Falcons rookie defensive end Ra'Shede Hageman #77 during the first day of Mini-Camp for rookies on Friday, May 16, 2014. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

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May 16, 2014 Flowery Branch – Atlanta Falcons rookie defensive end Ra’Shede Hageman #77 during the first day of Mini-Camp for rookies on Friday, May 16, 2014. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

Hageman played nose guard for his final two seasons with the Gophers, but the Falcons said he’ll play defensive end.

Hageman bench-pressed 225 pounds 32 times at the scouting combine, tied for the third-most repetitions among defensive lineman. He also has superlative athletic ability for his size, as reflected in his 35 1/2-inch vertical leap and a 40-yard dash time of 5.02 seconds at the combine.

Like Matthews, Hageman will get the chance to make an immediate impact.

Veterans Osi Umenyiora and Kroy Biermann opened 2013 as the starters at defensive end. Biermann finished on injured reserve after surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon he suffered in the second game of the season and Umenyiora closed out the season as a designated pass rusher.

The depth behind Umenyiora and Biermann includes veteran Tyson Jackson, who signed as a free agent in March. The Falcons also have third-year player Jonathan Massaquoi and 2013 draft picks Malliciah Goodman and Stansly Maponga.

On Sunday, five Falcons’ draft picks, linebacker Prince Shembo, cornerback Ricardo Allen, linebacker Marquis Spruill, linebacker Yawin Smallwood, and linebacker Tyler Starr, all signed four-year contracts.

Last season’s sixth pick, defensive end Barkevious Mingo was signed to a four-year, $16 million deal with Cleveland, which included a $10.2 million signing bonus.

Last season’s 37th pick, running back Giovani Bernard signed a four-year $5.253 million deal with Cincinnati, which included a $2.2 million signing bonus.

Hageman will receive the same $2.2 million signing bonus that Bernard earned.

Third-round safety Dezmen Southward and fourth-round running back Devonta Freeman remain unsigned.

The Falcons are following the league trend of trying to wrap up their rookie signings quickly.

Check back for updates.

HERE’S THE REMAINING OFFSEASON SCHEDULE

–Today: Coaching session Field workouts No. 9.

–Thursday: Coach session Field workout No. 10.

PHASE THREE OF OFFSEASON PROGRAM

–Tuesday, May 27 – OTA No. 1.

–Wednesday, May 28 – OTA No. 2.

–Thursday, May 29 – OTA No. 3.

–Friday, May 30 – Strength and Conditioning plus a rookie practice

–Monday, June 2 – OTA No. 4.

–Tuesday, June 3 – OTA No. 5.

–Wednesday, June 4 – OTA No. 6.

–Thursday, June 5 – Rookie Practice.

–Monday, June 9 – Hacks vs. Jocks golf tournament. Defending champs – Team Scelfo.

–Tuesday, June 10 – OTA No. 7.

–Wednesday, June 11 – OTA No. 8.

–Thursday, June 12 – OTA No. 9.

–Friday, June 13 – OTA No. 10.

–Monday, June 16 – Physicals.

–Tuesday, June 17 — Day One: Mandatory minicamp (5 practices over three days)

–Wednesday, June 18 – Day Two: Mandatory minicamp.

–Thursday, June 19 – Day Three: Mandatory minicamp. (Offseason program ends for veterans).

TBA – Rookie Symposium

TBA – (Late July) – Report to Training camp.

DRAFT CLASS STORIES

Jake Matthews brings strength of family to the Falcons

Ra’Shede Hageman could turn into defensive force for Falcons

Dezmen Southward ready to compete for playing time

Warrick Dunn likes the pick of FSU’s Devonta Freeman

Falcons signed 20 undrafted rookie free agents, 5 from SEC 

Falcons invite 24 players in for tryouts

NFL Draft 2014: ESPN’s Todd McShay on the Falcons’ draft class

VIDEO: Reaction to the Atlanta Falcons’ 2014 draft class

THE ATLANTA FALCONS 2014 DRAFT CLASS

Round 1 / 6 — Jake Matthews, RT, 6-5, 308, Texas A&M

Round 2/37 – Ra’Shede Hageman, DE, 6-6, Minnesota

Round 3/68 – Dezmen Southward, FS, 6-0, 211, Wisconsin

Round 4/103 – Devonta Freeman, RB, 5-8, 206, Florida State

Round 4/139 – Prince Shembo, LB, 6-1, 253 Notre Dame

Round 5/147 – Ricardo Allen, CB, 5-9, 187, Purdue

Round 5/168 – Marquis Spruill, LB, 6-1, 231, Syracuse

Round 7/253 – Yawin Smallwood, LB, 6-2, 246, Connecticut

Round 7/255 – Tyler Starr, LB, 6-4, 250, South Dakota

21 comments
HarveyPooka
HarveyPooka

Good luck to all, but can't see Freeman and Allen making the team - practice squad, maybe, not regular roster.  I think Tyler Starr may surprise some of you.  Maybe he should be kept on practice squad for one year of learning; or on active roster if he shows special teams skills.

JSSN
JSSN

Goodness Ledbetter, what hot hell is this? The big 5 of AJC commenting slime showed up on your blog today! Thank goodness for a good shower!

ThomasBrown
ThomasBrown

Aaron Murray signed 4-years Kansas City Chiefs $ 184,000 signing bonus and $ 2.402 million.


32 Fumbles with small hands, 41 Interceptions 6 feet and 3/8 inch does not see over the line well, and 95 Sacks doesn't have speed to escape 300 lbs. defensive linemen, he called his own number 51 % of the plays with the most losses 17 as the starting quarterback to only 35 wins 67 percent win percentage for Coach Mark Richt who had a 81 % win percentage with David Greene the starting QB 42-10, same 52 games started as Aaron Murray.  He has not run the 40-yard dash, but times clearly are poor.  Billed as a dual-threat QB, he rushed 287 times for 393 yards, a paltry 1.4 yards a rush.

Injured in high school, he came to UGA as the chosen-one by Mark Richt who never had such a horrid period - the worst period in his 14-years here.  Once he got here, he got injured in Fall Practice and had to be Redshirted when we needed a QB to replace to 1st Round NFL Draft Pick 1st Pick over-all Matthew Stafford for 2009.  Then, his senior season here, tore his ACL.

Tough guy, he is small of stature, a ball hog who calls his own number when he is the worst athlete on the team - by a long wide margin.  He's smart, prone to injury, with a good arm and not much else who is not a winner.  In Mark Richt's 14 years here, he never had a Starting QB who lost so many games - especially against the top teams.

You signed him to a 4-year contract.  He'll never throw an NFL pass, and no one will trade for him.  No QB here got any snaps except for him all 4 years.  Even if it was a cupcake, he found a way to make the game close enough that he stayed on the field. 

10 % of his plays here were Fumbles, Interceptions and Sacks.  We have no one ready to take-over for him.  He made the team worse.  On the biggest stage, he Fumbled, threw Interceptions, and was Sacked - at the worst possible moment.

slydawg
slydawg

Falcons still should have drafted either Mettenberger or McCarron: two guys who play in the same mold as Matty. One with a better arm.

JameWilson
JameWilson

Jake Matthews signed with the Falcons I have to admit it but I was afraid that might happen. BUT it still won't be enough to win the NFC south.The N.F.C. south will be tough this year

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

Beautiful news.

Matthews predictor:

15 year career. 12 pro bowls. 6 all pro selections. 2 time SB champ. :) :)

Hagamen predictor:

10 year career. 6 trips to Honolulu. 2 time all pro. 2 time SB champ. :) :)

Dirtyb8
Dirtyb8

@JameWilson Ok. But if the Falcons win the NFC South this year, then I get to eat your cat.

loel
loel

@BigCrimson75  You won't recognize the world in 15 years.  obama will see to that.  Football will be the least of your interests.


Dirtyb8
Dirtyb8

@BigCrimson75  2 time SB champ.....Are we predicting thats with the Falcons or different teams? lol 

TrueFalconFan
TrueFalconFan

@58Supersports ----  Jake Matthews 4 years fully 16 million guaranteed Falcons have fifth year option – 10 million signing bonus

Ra’Shede Hageman 4 years fully guaranteed in the neighborhood of 5 million, don’t know about fifth year option or $$$$ signing bonus


Good deals 


Go Falcons

DOrlandoLedbetter
DOrlandoLedbetter moderator

@58SupersportsLast season’s sixth pick, defensive end Barkevious Mingo was signed to a four-year, $16 million deal with Cleveland, which included a $10.2 million signing bonus. Matthews will be in this neighborhood as the rookie pool didn't grow much overall.


slydawg
slydawg

He'll make slightly more based off position. Especially with him being a potential left tackle.

JSSN
JSSN

@DOrlandoLedbetter

When will the NFLPA give you the "real contract numbers" on both players deal? Next week or later?

JSSN
JSSN

@slydawg  

Slotting takes most of that away, he'll have to make it up in his 2nd contract.