Ravens, S Matt Elam agree in principle to four-year rookie deal

Matt Elam signed his rookie deal without the help of an agent. (USATSI)
Matt Elam signed his rookie deal without the help of an agent. (USATSI)

The Ravens have agreed in principle to a four-year deal with their first-round draftee, safety Matt Elam from Florida. They announced Thursday that Elam is expected to sign his contract, which also contains a fifth-year option, when he reports for training camp on July 21.

Elam -- who, according to NFL.com, will make $6.767 million for that four-year deal -- was taken No. 32 overall by the Ravens. Interestingly, he came to terms with Baltimore without the help of an agent, which obviously saved him some money.

Elam is expected to have a big impact in a Baltimore secondary that will be without Ed Reed and Bernard Pollard.

So far, he has gotten good reviews. He intercepted Joe Flacco during minicamp and, as the Baltimore Sun wrote at the time, Elam was “arguably the most active player on defense.”

“I’m very pleased, and I’m very confident,” Elam said last month. “I came in, and I was able to play really fast because they are calling the defense really fast. I’m just learning from the older guys every day. I feel like they gave me a boost and taught me a lot of things. They gave me a lot of confidence.”

Said cornerback Corey Graham: “He’s picking things up very fast. He’s at safety, they are putting him in the dollar package, he’s coming down playing nickel. When you have the ability to play all those positions, that’s pretty impressive. You don’t see that much, especially in the first couple of months of being on the team.”

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