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Baltimore Ravens decline 5th year option on safety Matt Elam

Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

The Baltimore Ravens will not pick up a fifth year option for safety Matt Elam which means Elam will be an unrestricted free agent after the 2016 season according to

Elam, who is entering his fourth season with the team, has not lived up to expectations after being selected with the 32nd overall pick in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Elam had a normal season for a rookie in 2013 but really struggled through the entire 2014 season in coverage and in tackling.

Entering the 2015 offseason, coaches liked what they saw out of Elam especially Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees as he was becoming more of a leader and studying more film. Unfortunately for Elam, he suffered a torn bicep injury during the 2015 training camp session which caused him to miss the remainder of the season.

Now entering the 2016 offseason, it is a make or break year for Elam and he has his work cut out for him as the team already has starters in place at free safety and strong safety with Eric Weddle and Lardarius Webb. If the Ravens decided to take on Elam's option, he would have made somewhere in the ballpark of 5.5 million in 2017.