The nightmare story of Matt Elam continued on Thursday. Once a highly coveted first-round pick by the Baltimore Ravens out of Florida, Elam's career has been an utter disappointment, filled with missed tackles, giving up big plays and never living up to his billing. It especially stings for Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome when you factor in Elam was his first draft pick since the Super Bowl.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport has reported that the NFL has suspended the former Florida standout for six games.
This is yet another bad mistake for Matt Elam. Especially since he is currently a free agent looking desperately looking for a job. Baltimore decided to not pick up his fifth-year option after he missed the entire 2015 season with a torn biceps injury. After the 2016 season, Elam became a free agent but was arrested on February, 27th in Miami, Florida for possession of 126.6 grams of marijuana and 3.1 grams of oxycodone.
Shortly after he was arrested, the Ravens announced they wouldn't be bringing the former 2013 draft pick back for the 2017 campaign. Elam was then arrested again on May 22nd for grand theft and battery charges. Those charges however, would be eventually dropped one month later.
It hasn't been revealed yet why Elam was suspended, but it doesn't matter at the moment. Nobody has taken a chance on the safety, and it won't happen anytime soon. It's clear that Matt Elam needs help, and that's what he has to focus on before he ever considers a comeback to football. He has to, before things get worse.