Former Raven Elam drafted by XFL
Former Baltimore Ravens first round pick Matt Elam was drafted by the DC Defenders in the ninth round of the XFL draft. Elam was drafted by the Ravens 32 overall back in 2013, and was supposed to be the guy to replace Ed Reed.
Instead Elam was pledged with injury issues, and legal issues that made Elam one of the biggest bust in Ravens history. Elam showed great potential during his rookie season, but a bicep injury left him on injured
reserve during the 2015 season.
During his 2016 season Elam declined talent wise and was back on injured reserve
In 2017 the Ravens decided not to pick up his fifth year option on his rookie contract.
Elam was arrested in February 2017 in Miami, Florida for possession of a 126.2 grams of marijuana and 3.1 grams of oxycodone. He was charged with one count of cannabis possession, one count of possession of cannabis with intent to sell or deliver, and one count of possession of a controlled substance.
Later after the arrest the Ravens decided to cut Elam. Later Elam was arrested again in May of 2017 for battery and theft charges over his girlfriends IPhone. With all the legal issues around Elam he didn’t play pro football during the 2017 season.
In 2018 Elam was signed by the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian football league.
Elam is only 28 years old still, and is looking for an NFL comeback now with the DC Defenders.
Elam as of now is rostered as the Defenders starting free-safety. The Defenders now have a familiar face playing again in the DMV hopefully Elam can stay healthy.