Ravens agree to contract with Matt Elam

The Ravens agreed in principle to a deal with first-round choice Matt Elam, a safety out of the University of Florida, on Thursday.

First-round selection Matt Elam has agreed in principle to sign his rookie deal with the Ravens on Thursday, the organization announced.

Elam, a strong safety out of the University of Florida, was chosen with the 32nd overall pick in the 2013 draft. Elam will sign his contract on Sunday, when the Ravens rookies report for training camp.

The Ravens and Elam agreed to a four-year deal that is worth $6.767 million and includes a $3.301 million signing bonus. The deal also includes a fifth-year option. Elam negotiated this deal without an agent and only sought the advice of his brother, Abram Elam, also a professional football player.

Elam started 26 of 39 career games at Florida and recorded 176 tackles, six interceptions, 13 pass deflections, five sacks and 24 tackles for loss. Elam declared for the draft after his junior season, which saw him become just the first Florida safety since Reggie Nelson in 2006 to earn first-team All-American honors.

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