MIAMI, FL – Ravens safety Matt Elam was arrested early Sunday Morning in Miami.
According to police reports, Elam was booked at 3:45 a.m. and charged with the following: marijuana possession of more than 20 grams, possession or marijuana with intent to sell, and possession of a controlled substance. The list of charges also includes a count of reckless driving.
Elam remained in custody on Sunday morning at the Miami Dade Police Department with a bail listed at $15,500.
Elam was probably going to go down as one of the biggest busts in Ravens history, but this all but confirms that notion. Elam was drafted #32 overall by the Ravens in the first round of the 2013 draft out of Florida. Following the departure of future Hall-Of-Fame safety Ed Reed, Elam was given a chance to fill the void left by Reed, but he never lived up to the expectations.
In his rookie campaign, Elam played in all 16 games for the Ravens, finishing with 77 tackles and an interception.
In 2014, Elam lost his starting job after struggling in many departments, primarily tackling. He missed the entire 2015 season with a torn bicep, and missed half of last season with a knee injury that he suffered in a preseason game.
Playing mainly on special teams in 2016, Elam finished with just four tackles. Minimal impact from a former first rounder.
Elam, set to become a free agent in two weeks, was a long shot to come back to the Ravens even before this incident. Now, the extremely slim chance that Elam had of returning is all but gone. In fact, the Ravens released a statement on Sunday after the news was released, and confirmed what all Ravens fans were thinking in regards to Elam’s future with the team.
The Ravens have certainly had a fair share of disappointing draft picks in the early rounds dating back to 2010, and Elam may be the worst. He could never hold down a starting job and forced the Ravens to sign veterans to make up for his lack of production. Injuries certainly held him back over the past two seasons, but the Ravens have to be extremely frustrated after spending a first round pick on the 25-year-old.
Elam’s career with the Ravens is over, and after this incident, his entire NFL career may be over as well.