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First-round pick Matt Elam and the Ravens have agreed to a four-year contract, the team announced Thursday.
Based on his draft slot as the No. 32 pick overall, Elam’s contract will be worth around $6.8 million, with around $5.4 million guaranteed, including a $3.3 million signing bonus. Elam was expected to sign the contract Sunday when Ravens rookies report to camp.
The Ravens have now signed all of their draft picks. Elam will begin training camp competing with James Ihedigbo for a starting safety spot opposite Michael Huff. The Ravens lost both starting safeties from last season – Ed Reed, now with the Texans, and Bernard Pollard, now with the Titans.
Elam was impressive during minicamps, and the Ravens hoped that would continue once training camp began.
“Matt Elam is what we expected and maybe a little bit more,” secondary coach Teryl Austin said during minicamp. “(He’s) going through the usual changes that a rookie goes through, but he’s smart. He’s tough, he’s fast, he gets football, and I think he is going to be a fine player for us soon.”
With a strong training camp, Elam could be a starter for the Ravens soon.