After arrest, Ravens say they’re done with Matt Elam

AP

Technically, Matt Elam is still a Baltimore Raven. But in 11 days, he won’t be.

Elam, who was arrested on drug charges early this morning in Miami, becomes a free agent on March 9. And the Ravens issued a statement following his arrest making clear that they will not re-sign him.

“We are aware of the arrest of Matt Elam. Matt is not in our plans for the 2017 Ravens,” the statement says.

This morning’s arrest may be the reason the Ravens released that statement, but it’s far from the only reason the Ravens are finished with Elam. Their 2013 first-round draft pick, Elam has been a major disappointment. The team didn’t pick up his fifth-year option and probably wouldn’t have re-signed him at any price even if he had no off-field issues.

Elam might be able to sign on with some team if he’s willing to take a minimum-salary deal. But it’s possible that he has played his last game, thanks to problems both on the field and off.

59 responses to “After arrest, Ravens say they’re done with Matt Elam

  1. Let’s see….Micheal Floyd was arrested for DUI and cut and signed by….the Patriots. I wouldn’t be surprised to see this guy end up with the Patriots too. It’s the Patriots way.

  2. That’s a little disingenuous. The Ravens weren’t going to resign him anyway and everybody knew that. How many 1st round picks do you know who can play their way onto special teams only in 3 years? Another 1st round Gator bust, on and off the field.

  3. They weren’t going to re-sign him anyway, but now they get to look all tough, like they value accountability and run a tight ship. The Ravens are a haven for miscreants – as long as they bring something to the table. Heck, they even wanted to keep a washed-up Ray Rice until that video forced their hand.

  4. PR release, as a practical matter they’ve been done with him for some time.

    staffordisbetterthanyourteamsqb says:
    Feb 26, 2017 11:20 AM
    Ok but just for the record my imaginary friend says…
    +++++++++++++++

    Fixed that up for you chippy.

  5. Is it me or has Florida sending a lot of BUSTS or complete TOOLS to the NFL the past handful of years for guys drafted in the 1st few rounds? Easley. Spikes. Elam. Tebow. Pouncey. Hernandez. The list is endless.

  6. @ nsawins
    If not for Josh McDaniels, then HC of the Broncos, Tebow would not have been a bust. Every GM and HC knew Tebows limitations but Josh thought he knew better. Tebows label as a bust is on McDaniels, not Tim or Florida.

  7. Double murder, knocking out your fiance, and drenching a woman with bleach are cool with the Ravens, but get drunk and you get cut. I guess you have to draw the line somewhere.

  8. Aw gee. Where’s he gonna get the money to buy all his drugs if the Ravens cut him?
    You don’t make enough money at McDonalds to buy that stuff.

  9. patriotsticketssince1978 says:
    Feb 26, 2017 11:49 AM
    Hope he saved some of the 6.75 million he’s earned over the last four years.
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    May have been paid $6.75 million, but he did not earn more than about 10 bucks or so…

  10. whenwilliteverend says:
    Feb 26, 2017 11:28 AM
    Let’s see….Micheal Floyd was arrested for DUI and cut and signed by….the Patriots. I wouldn’t be surprised to see this guy end up with the Patriots too. It’s the Patriots way.

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    Spoken like a true Jets fan.

  11. PatsFanSince2002 says:
    Feb 26, 2017 12:09 PM
    Where did this “Ravens are criminals” meme come from? Ravens players seem cleaner than most off the field.
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    Bernard Pierce, Victor Hampton, Terrence Cody, Jimmy Smith, Lorenzo Taliaferro, Jah Reid, Ray Rice, Rolando McClain, Sergio Kindle, BJ Sams, Jamal Lewis, Deonte Thompson, Ray Lewis. Just a short list of Ravens players arrested since 2000.

    From 2000 to through 2014, the average (per team) number of players arrested, cited, or charged with a crime was 22. From 2000 through 2014, 22 Ravens players were arrested, cited, or charged (Ranked 12th).

    I am no Ravens fan, nor a Ravens basher, and I do not buy the ‘Ravens are criminals stuff,’ but to assert that they are “cleaner than most” is just silly.

  12. Love how these teams sound all macho when I guy screws up and he not a good player….let him be a guy they just signed a contract and you hear we are aware of the situation and are monitoring it and letting due process take its course…..lesson, dont screw up if you suck….

  13. Lol so funny how all of you trolls think that your team wouldn’t give your star athlete a second chance if he got up in issues off the field. Saying how the Ravens wouldn’t cut him if he was a star. No s***. It’s truly amazing how oblivious some of you are thinking your team is so different and would treat all athletes and coaches equally regardless of status. Many of the NFL owners and teams are pretty similar in that. Remember how a Rams unstated rookie got cut for bringing in a girl to the locker room? Think that would have happened to Goff?Keep thinking your team is so much different.

  14. whenwilliteverend says:
    Feb 26, 2017 11:28 AM
    Let’s see….Micheal Floyd was arrested for DUI and cut and signed by….the Patriots. I wouldn’t be surprised to see this guy end up with the Patriots too. It’s the Patriots way.

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    Wow, you must have been so excited for your team to snatch up Floyd after he cleared waivers. Dont feel bad though. 30 other teams were looking at that idea too.

  15. ninjapleazee says:
    Feb 26, 2017 11:54 AM
    Patriot in 12 days.

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    I would have thought Colts.

  16. ikeclanton says:
    Feb 26, 2017 11:26 AM
    Headline: Ravens Part Ways With Criminal

    Just goes to show there is a first time for everything.

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    Um…ever heard of Ray Rice?

  17. “Um…ever heard of Ray Rice?”

    Yup. And the only reason they parted ways with him was the video coming out.

    Before that they did everything in their power to conceal and minimize what Rice had done and had every intention of having him back after the initial sham 2 game suspension by corrupt Goodell.

    And everything to conceal that included forcing the victim up in front of a mic and taking blame for the incident, which if you aren’t aware its very common for domestic abusers to blame their violence on the victim and considered another form of abuse.

    Biscotti, Oz, Harbaugh were all accomplices after the fact to Rice’s domestic abuse. They knew full well what he’d done and protected him until they had no choice thanks to TMZ

  18. capitalspowerkill says:
    Feb 26, 2017 8:51 AM
    Pretty sure the Patriots had a confirmed murderer on thier team. I wouldn’t go throwing stones in your glass house my bandwagon friend.
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    For the record, I, nor anyone I personally know is a bandwagon NE fan. I was born and raised in Boston and went to my first game in person before Drew was even drafted… I’m sure we have many bandwagon fans, all successful teams do, and few are as successful as NE.

    Having said that, I have to LOL at the irony of your post. Let’s take a look, a guy named “capitalspowerkill” is talking about bandwagons and glass houses, so why are you the Caps fan (successful team) not also a Skins fan? You are presumably from DC area right? Could it be because when the Skins sucked in the 90s and 2000s, the Ravens were much more successful in the 2000s?

    Glass houses, remember?

  19. I’m surprised no one made the obvious joke: go to a division rival to get back at the Ravens…

    It’s not like the Steelers and Bengals don’t need extra DBs…

  20. He never used drugs in college. Just like Randy Gregory and many others. In others words the hypocrisy of the NCAA and colleges continues. Hey we here at Florida and Nebraska make 50- 70 Million a year. If we we find out a player of ours is abusing drugs ….we just
    keep it to ourselves ..after all we need to win on Saturday!
    We are very fair we give these kids an academic scholarship that
    arises to about 5 percent of our revenues. If they play in a bowl game
    where we make an additional 5 million we give them a trinket worth
    300 – 500 hundred which was donated to us by Sony or Apple or someone like them. Their parents can’t come to the game because it costs too much but they can watch it on TV.
    Oh by the way we bring about 100 boosters and their wives and pay for hotel, travel and meals. Screw the families.
    Randy Gregory and Matt Elam obviously never used drugs in college
    because if they did the college would have put them in a program to help them. Of course if they continued to use …the schools would have
    suspended them and have them do inpatient rehab …because that’s the right thing to do…..I’m sure both schools never looked the other way in order to win a few more games. In addition the schools and the
    NCAA don’t have enough money to try to help a player get well.

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