When people talk about Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome's biggest misses in recent drafts, the first name that immediately comes to mind is safety Matt Elam. The former first round pick has been a massive disappointment, as he has constantly been beaten in coverage and missed numerous tackles, leading to a benching in 2014. Think about that for a minute, a Ravens first round pick being benched in just his second season. Unfortunately, it seems like Matt Elam might've bitten the hand of the Ravens for the last time, and in the most embarrassing of fashions.
Pro Football Talk's Michael David Smith has obtained Miami-Dade police records saying that Matt Elam was arrested on multiple drug charges. The charges say that Elam possessed 20 grams of cannabis, possession of cannabis with the intent to sell or deliver, and possession of controlled substance. Police actually first pulled over Elam for reckless driving, and then proceeded to find 126 grams of marijuana and three grams of oxycodone. Elam was booked at 3:46 a.m. Sunday morning.
The Ravens did not pick up Elam's fifth-year option last offseason, making Elam an unrestricted free agent in the coming weeks. With this arrest, not only will the Ravens have no intention of re-signing him (not that they were going to anyway), but it now makes it harder for Elam to find any team to give him a second chance. Elam not only has issues on the field, but off of it as well.
It's a sad ending for Matt Elam's career in Baltimore. Elam actually was pretty decent in his rookie season with all the tools to get better and become a mainstay on the Ravens defense for years to come. That never prospered and it most likely never will. Before Elam tries to find a new team, he must help himself first.
Update (2/26/17 11:50 a.m.):
The Ravens released the following statement on Elam’s arrest:
Ravens statement on safety Matt Elam: "We are aware of the arrest of Matt Elam. Matt is not in our plans for the 2017 Ravens."— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) February 26, 2017
Elam is an impending free agent, and it was unlikely that the Ravens would bring Elam back even before this incident. Now, as a result of this statement, any possibility of Elam returning is gone, and it is not surprising at all.