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Ravens' Matt Elam Agrees To Rookie Contract

The team and their first round draft pick agreed in principle on a four-year deal.


According to the Baltimore Ravens, rookie safety Matt Elam has agreed in principle to a four-year contract. The deal also includes an option for a 5th year.

The story on includes a link to a related tweet from Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, with the details of the $6.767 contract, including a $3.301 signing bonus.

Elam's negotiations was unique as he was representing himself since he never signed with an agent, even though, as the story states that the rookie's salaries are "slotted" by their draft order with minimal wriggle room.

Here is the team official Press Release on the breaking news:


The Baltimore Ravens and 2013 first-round draft choice S Matt Elam have agreed in principle to a four-year deal (which includes a fifth-year option), general manager and executive vice president Ozzie Newsome announced Thursday morning. Elam is expected to sign the contract when he reports for training camp on July 21.

Elam, who was selected 32nd overall by the Ravens, is a 5-10, 210-pounder from the University of Florida. He played in 39 career games for the Gators, starting his final 26 contests at strong safety. Elam recorded 176 tackles (124 solo), including five sacks and 24 stops for loss. Posting six career interceptions (91 return yards), he added 13 passes defensed.

As a junior in his final collegiate season in 2012, Elam became only the second safety in school history to be named a first-team All-American (Reggie Nelson - 2006).