The DC Defenders of the XFL have cut starting safety, Matt Elam, from their team. Elam was a star at Florida and got drafted in the first round by the Baltimore Ravens. Elam did not have an illustrious career in Baltimore, however, and ended up leaving the NFL in 2016. Elam was then picked by the DC Defenders and went to play in the XFL.
Matt Elam did not pull the stats that many thought he would during his time with the Defenders. He was cut coming off of his best game of his XFL career after receiving 12 tackles in an away game vs. the Tampa Bay Vipers. His total stats ended up with 18 total tackles and 1 INT with the Defenders.
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While in college, Elam was a star at Florida. As a Gator, he recorded 176 total tackles, 23.5 tackles for a loss, 5 sacks, and 6 Interceptions. Elam played in college for three years, from Freshman to Junior year before declaring, where he would go 32nd overall.
If Elam was coming off his best game, why did they cut him anyway? While his best game did come during a 25-0 blowout loss, it’s possible they weren’t actually impressed. There is also a chance it has nothing to do with his performance. Elam has been in legal trouble and PED trouble since 2015. In 2015, while on the Ravens, he was suspended a game for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. Since his release from the Ravens in 2016, after being drafted in 2013, he has gotten arrested at least twice. In February of 2017, he was arrested on drug charges. In May the same year, he was arrested for grand theft and battery.
Elam is likely not to play football again, as his career is hanging on by a thread. The talented defensive back may come back, but he’s going to have to fix his act if he hopes to. We’ll see what Elam can accomplish and fix and if he can come back.