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Falcons agree to terms with top two picks

5/21/2014

The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms on four-year contracts with first-round draft pick Jake Matthews and second-round pick Ra'Shede Hageman. Matthews' contract includes a fifth-year option.

Full financial terms for the deals were not immediately available.

Matthews, the offensive tackle from Texas A&M, was the sixth-overall pick in this year's NFL Draft. Last year's sixth pick, Cleveland's Barkevious Mingo, signed a four-year, $16 million deal that included a $10.268 million bonus.

As for Hageman, the player selected in his slot last season -- Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard -- received a $2.2 million signing bonus.

The base salaries are set to be $420,000 for 2014, $510,000 for 2015, $600,000 for 2016, and $690,000 for 2017.

The Falcons, with nine draft picks, have not reached contract agreements with safety Dezmen Southward (third round) and running back Devonta Freeman (fourth).