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Transactions: Baltimore Ravens sign Brandon Boykin

The Baltimore Ravens are shuffling the deck in their secondary, less than week after losing one of their key contributors.

Baltimore announced Monday that it has signed journeyman cornerback Brandon Boykin and Al-Hajj Shabazz and has released veteran defensive back Kyle Arrington.

After three serviceable seasons in Philadelphia, the Eagles traded Boykin to Pittsburgh in 2015 where he lasted just one season. Since then, Boykin bounced to Carolina for less than two months and then to Chicago where he was placed on injured reserve during training camp with a pectoral injury.

One year after joining Baltimore, Arrington missed all of 2016 with a concussion. The ninth-year cornerback played the bulk of his career in New England where he started 56 games over six seasons and won a Super Bowl. Cutting Arrington in the final year of his three-year deal saves the Ravens roughly $2.1 million in cap space, according to Spotrac.

Boykin and Shabazz will fill the void on Baltimore’s roster left by Tavon Young, a promising nickel cornerback entering his second season in Charm City who suffered a torn ACL during organized team activities last week. However, given the Ravens’ cornerback depth and the former’s injury history, there’s no guarantee either see significant playing time or is even on the roster by the end of the preseason.

Here are the other notable transactions from Monday:

1. In light of Colin Kaepernick-to-Seattle rumors, the Seahawks have decided to go in a different direction. Seattle signed backup quarterback Austin Davis on Monday. In a concurrent move, the Seahawks released third-string quarterback Jake Heaps.

2. The 49ers added pass rusher Elvis Dumervil to its promising front seven, agreeing to terms with the veteran on Monday.

3. The Jets signed wide receiver Devin Street after placing recent signing Quinton Patton on injured reserve. Street last saw action in five games for the Colts in 2016.

4. Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson returned to OTAs on Monday. He said that he was dealing with a personal matter last week and it was not a contract-related absence, according to the team. Johnson will play on the franchise tag in 2017.

5. The Cowboys swapped young quarterbacks on Monday, claiming former Cardinals quarterback Zac Dysert off of waivers and concurrently waiving rookie quarterback Austin Appleby.

Matt Elam was arrested in Miami for marijuana, oxycodone holdings

Baltimore Ravens safety Matt Elam was arrested on drug charges Saturday night in Miami, according to Miami-Dade police.

Elam, a 2013 first-round pick, was charged with one count of cannabis possession, one count of possession of cannabis with intent to sell or deliver, one count of possession of a controlled substance and one count of reckless driving, police said. He is currently being held on a $15,500 bond.

Elam was arrested at 7:16 p.m. Saturday after his dark blue Range Rover passed an unmarked police car “at a high rate of speed” and swerved into the lane in front of the police car, causing its driver to pump the brakes in order to avoid a collision, according to charging documents. He then almost struck vehicles in front of him by following too closely, according to police.

After police attempted to conduct a traffic stop, Elam continued to accelerate and failed to yield immediately “in attempt to evade detectives,” police said. Once Elam pulled over, police detected a strong odor of freshly burning marijuana and a big cloud of smoke emitting from inside the vehicle.

A search revealed a Gucci book bag on the floor of the driver’s side that included 126.2 grams of marijuana, six oxycodone pills weighing 3.1 grams, $947, a Rolex, a men’s necklace with white stones and a men’s bracelet with white stones.

One of Elam’s passengers, Calvin Stewart, possessed a loaded semi-automatic pistol in his waistband area. Stewart told police he didn’t have a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

Police said they were patrolling that area because of recent robberies and burglaries in the area.

The 32nd overall pick in the draft four years ago, Elam is scheduled to become a free agent next month. The Ravens declined to pick up his fifth-year option a year ago.

“We are aware of the arrest of Matt Elam,” the Ravens said in a statement. “Matt is not in our plans for the 2017 Ravens.”

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league was looking into the incident.

This isn’t the first substance-related incident for Elam. In October 2015, he was suspended for one game for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. He had self-reported the violation, team officials said at the time.

Elam has been one of the most disappointing first-round picks in franchise history. He was benched from the starting lineup in the middle of the 2014 season after struggling to cover receivers deep and missing tackles. Elam played on special teams last season after being designated to return off injured reserve.

Ravens’ Terrell Suggs on Patriots’ Tom Brady: ‘He’s pretty good’

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs said he respects the New England Patriots, but he still refuses to call QB Tom Brady by his name leading up to Monday night’s game between the two first-place teams.

Reporters on Wednesday peppered Suggs with questions about Brady. But a slightly smiling Suggs didn’t budge, as read in the following exchange:

Reporter: “Tom Brady became the winningest quarterback in NFL history. What’s your take on that?”

Suggs: “He’s pretty good. Like I said, wins are wins and numbers are numbers. Numbers don’t lie. He’s pretty good.”

Reporter: “Is it fair to say you really don’t want to talk about Tom Brady?”

Suggs: “I’m like Marshawn Lynch. I know why I’m here. It’s a big game this week. We’re playing a good team. It’s going to be fun.”

Reporter: “You don’t want to say his name, do you?”

Suggs: “I mean, it’s going to be fun. We’re going to have fun. It’s going to be an interesting game. We accept the challenge.”

Instead of saying Brady’s name in recent years, Suggs has referred to him as the “quarterback from New England” or “the pretty boy from up north.”

The feud between Suggs and Brady dates back to 2010, when Brady expressed his frustration about no flags being thrown after taking a hit by a Ravens player. Suggs and Brady jawed on the field and then traded barbs on the radio. Suggs said Brady and his then-three Super Bowl championships were “questionable.”

In October 2013, Suggs was asked what he thought about Brady in an ESPN interview.

“I don’t think that’s appropriate for camera,” Suggs said. “I don’t like him, he don’t like me. I don’t like his hair.”

On Wednesday, Suggs did show more admiration toward the Patriots organization than he has in the past.

“I mean, how many Super Bowls do they got? They got, like, four or five and played in, like, six or seven,” Suggs said of the Patriots, who have won four Super Bowls and have appeared in six. “You can’t do nothing but respect that. Wins are wins and championships are championships.”

So who are the Ravens’ biggest rivals: the Patriots or Steelers?

“That’s pretty close,” Suggs said. “We’ve had some legendary games with both of them. Nothing’s bigger than Ravens-Steelers.”

Ravens commit holding penalties, take safety to seal win vs. Bengals

Leading by a touchdown with the clock winding down, the Baltimore Ravens successfully ran out the game’s final 11 seconds on fourth down by intentionally committing holding penalties against all nine Cincinnati Bengals players who rushed their punter, giving Sam Koch the time to dance around the end zone before finally conceding a safety.

“I tried to mention that was the best safety ever taken, and what I meant was, it was the best-executed safety ever because we kept him clean the whole time,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said after his team’s 19-14 victory. “But [linebacker Terrell Suggs] says nothing can top the Super Bowl safety.”

Suggs was referring to the safety that clinched Super Bowl XLVII — which, not coincidentally, came on the very same playcall. Back then, the Ravens decided to punt from their end zone while clinging to a five-point lead over the San Francisco 49ers with 12 seconds remaining.

Harbaugh ordered a play that called for his punt protectors to intentionally hold the 49ers’ rushers, giving his punter, Koch, a better opportunity to kill time before stepping out of bounds for a safety.

There was no downside to that decision, or the one on Sunday. The Ravens would either give up two points or have to punt again after a minimal markoff for a holding penalty

They probably wouldn’t have been able to do it two plays in a row if there had been time left on the clock. Referee Clete Blakeman could have declared it a “palpably unfair act,” and the clock would have been restored to its original time if they had tried it again.

Bengals cornerback Adam Jones called it a “smart play,” and Koch said it worked even better than it did in the Super Bowl.

“We know what we did wrong in the Super Bowl,” he said, “and we kind of learned from it and just made sure that everybody did what they needed to and hold on as long as they could and ended up winning the game.”

He said the team practices the play, and everyone knew that a penalty would not lead to an untimed down “as long as a hold wasn’t in the end zone.”

“With [special-teams coach] Jerry [Rosburg] and Harbaugh, even though it may only happen once or twice in four years, it’s something that we practice yearly, and we make sure we have all of our stones unturned, and when situations like that arrive, we can have them at our disposal,” Koch said.