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Offensive lineman Rob Havenstein tops Rams players in performance-based pay

Offensive lineman Rob Havenstein tops Rams players in performance-based pay
Rams quarterback Case Keenum looks to hand off the ball as offensive linemen Cody Wichmann (69) and Rob Havenstein, right, block during a game against the 49ers on Jan. 3. (Tony Avelar / Associated Press)

Rams offensive lineman Rob Havenstein, who moved into the starting lineup as a rookie last season, earned the largest payout among 65 Rams players who received bonuses distributed through the NFL's performance-based pay program.

The yearly program was implemented as part of the NFL's 2002 Collective Bargaining Agreement with the NFL Players Assn. The formula for bonuses weighs playing time against salary.

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Each team had a distribution pool of about $3.8 million, which does not count against the salary cap.

Havenstein, a tackle who played in college at Wisconsin, was a second-round pick in the 2015 draft. He had a base salary of $435,000, according to spotrac.com, and started 13 games.

Havenstein's performance-based bonus was $187,747.81. He was one of 15 Rams players who received more than $100,000.

Denver Broncos center Matt Paradis earned the NFL's top figure at $391,647.56.

The Rams' top five bonuses: Havenstein, $187,747.81; wide receiver Bradley Marquez, $186,217.86; offensive lineman Cody Wichmann, $181,801.06; center Tim Barnes, $165,530.66; and safety T.J. McDonald, $162,447.84.

Follow Gary Klein on Twitter @LATimesKlein

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