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Tuesday July 9, 2013Elam is lone NFL first-round pick to forego contract representation

Updated: 2:52pm, July 9

Elam and RavensGAINESVILLE, Fla. -- A pay scale still in its infancy and a brother with some NFL stripes apparently are all Matt Elam needs to negotiate his first professional contract with the reigning Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens.

Elam, a first-team All-America safety with the Gators last season, is the only first-round pick of the 2013 draft class to bypass hiring representation, according to The Baltimore Sun.

Instead, the No. 32 overall pick in the April draft -- the final selection in Round 1 -- is being advised by his brother, veteran Kansas City safety Abram Elam, and using the guidelines of the league’s rookie wage scale that was implemented in 2012 as part of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement in advance of signing his first deal.

Elam, who was second on the team with 76 tackles and led the Gators in interceptions with four, is in line under the rookie scale for a four-year contract worth nearly $6.8 million, including a $3.03 million signing bonus.

[Note: That doesn’t include whatever the former Palm Beach Gardens star will be pulling in from an endorsement deal with Under Armour.]

By forgoing representation, Elam won’t have to pay out the industry standard 3-percent commission, which would translate to just over $203,000.

Elam was drafted by the Ravens as the heir apparent to the strong safety spot manned (and dominated) the last 11 seasons by nine-time Pro-Bowler Ed Reed, who signed a free-agent deal with Houston. Elam was one of two former Gators picked in the first round of the draft, joining defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, who went 23rd overall to the Minnesota Vikings.


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