Abe Elam Wants New Contract with Cleveland Browns: Good Luck With That

Brian DiTullioSenior Writer IMay 12, 2010

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 20:  Abram Elam #26 of the Cleveland Browns looks on during their NFL game against the Kansas City Chiefs on December 20, 2009 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. The Browns defeated the Chiefs 41-34. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Safety Abram Elam revealed on his Web site today that he has yet to sign the second-round tender Cleveland offered him back in March.

Elam said he is seeking a multi-year contract from the team.

Good luck with that, considering the Browns drafted two safeties after the defense finished 31st last year, surrendering 383 yards per game.

With the amount of yards allowed on deep throws to wide open wide receivers, Elam might want to take a step back, and re-evaluate his position.

Elam had no interceptions in 2009. That's right, Z-E-R-O. He had 91 tackles and forced one fumble.

Raven safety Ed Reed, by comparison, had 50 tackles, three interceptions and three forced fumbles.

However, Reed had an STF of three, for an STFY of 11 yards while Elam had an STF of two, forย an STFY of three yards.

In the stats column, STF means tackle for a loss while STFY means yardage lost in a tackle.

While these numbers are relatively small, they indicate a lot.

Although Elam had more tackles,ย they were made from behind while chasing guys down.ย  Reed, on the other hand, was stuffing ballcarriers behind the line. Reed was also doing a better job in coverage, closing out the receiver and breaking up passes.

The game footage tells a similar story.

Elam wasn't the worst player on last year's defense, but asking for a multi-year contract seems a bit dense.

The Browns made a reasonable offer, considering the situation, and Elam needs to realize Cleveland will move on without him.

If that's what Elam wants, then great. Have a nice day.

But if Elam wants to stay with Cleveland, he needs to overule his agent and sign the contract.

Jason Trusnik is the only Browns' RFA to sign his tender.

Like Elam, Lawrence Vickers, Jerome Harrison, D'Qwell Jackson and Matt Roth have yet to sign their tenders.

These players have until June 15th to sign their contracts, and then things get more complicated over who can offer whom what and when, according to the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

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