Breaking down Matt Elam's $6.767 million contract

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Upon reporting to training camp at team headquarters Sunday and taking his conditioning test, Ravens rookie first-round safety Matt Elam officially signed his $6.767 million contract.

The details of the deal are standard boilerplate under the NFL collective bargaining agreement slotting system. Elam did indeed negotiate it without an agent, according to records


It doesn't look like Elam got any sort of different deal even without representation while receiving counsel  from his older brother, Abram Elam, and other advisors, as he negotiated with Ravens vice president of football administration Pat Moriarty.

The contract includes $5.439 million in total guaranteed money, including a $3.301 million signing bonus


Elam's base salaries for the first three years, $405,000, $712,591, $1.02 million, are fully guaranteed for skill, injury and salary cap protection. In 2016, the fourth year of the contract, he's due a nonguaranteed $1.327 million base salary.

That's similar to the contracts directly above Elam for Dallas Cowboys center Travis Frederick (31st overall) and St. Louis Rams linebacker Alec Ogletree (30th). Frederick's 2016 base salary also isn't guaranteed. Neither is Ogletree's, and his $344,319 roster bonus on the fifth day of the league year is tied to workout attendance.

Elam's contract carries the following salary-cap figures; $1.23 million (2013), $1.537 million (2014), $1.845 million (2015) and $2.153 million (2016).

A hard-hitting consensus All-American from Florida, Elam is slated to compete for a starting job at strong safety immediately opposite veteran free safety Michael Huff.