September 22, 2012; Gainesville FL, USA; Florida Gators defensive back Matt Elam (22) against the Kentucky Wildcats in the first half at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

AFC North: Pouncey Apologizes. Ravens Sign Matt Elam Unconventionally

The Baltimore Ravens have finally agreed to a deal with their first-round draft pick in Florida safety Matt Elam, but it was done in a manner not often seen by NFL rookies. When a rookie typically gets drafted, he’s already hired an agent, or eventually hires one to negotiate his first NFL contract.

But because of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement slotting every contract to the point the numbers and details are essentially set as soon as the player is drafted, it’s become much easier to negotiate the rookie contract.

Elam is showing just how easy it can be, as he negotiated and signed his own deal. This is actually a very smart move by elam, given how much money he saved:


Elam’s contract is worth $6.767 million contract, including a $3.301 million signing bonus.



Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey apologized on Monday after he and his brother, Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey, were photographed last weekend wearing “Free Hernandez” caps:

I fully recognize the seriousness of the situation involving my former teammate, and I regret that my actions appear to make light of that serious situation. I apologize to anyone who was offended by my actions.

The Pouncey twins were teammates with Hernandez in college as Florida Gators teammates.


The Cleveland Browns quietly have one of the NFL’s best offensive lines, and Matt Florjancic of the team’s official website takes a look at the o-line headed toward training camp, and singled out guards Jason Pinkston and John Greco as players to watch.


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