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Are Matt Elam’s days as a Raven numbered?

Turron Davenport | 11/3/2015, 8:33 a.m.
Matt Elam was handed a one game suspension by the NFL for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

— Elam’s rookie season was a promising one. He took over as the starting strong safety and notched his only career interception that season. He had 77 tackles and three of his seven pass breakups in his career.

It was the acquisition of another Florida safety that hurt Elam. Will Hill was released by the New York Giants soon after it was announced that he had to serve a suspension during the 2014 season. The Ravens scooped up Hill and got him up to speed with their scheme before he served the suspension.

Hill took over for Elam at strong safety when he returned from the suspension. Elam was relegated to a nickel role which allowed him to cover slot receivers.

The future of Elam with the Ravens is a cloudy one. The team is in position to move on if they want to. Terrence Brooks is a less expensive option that can give them the same skill set. Brooks was a third round pick in 2014 and played some cornerback while he was at Florida State.

The Ravens could have some cap issues because of Flacco’s cap number that is said to approach $25 million. They may not be afforded the luxury of having a $2 million backup safety.