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Ravens Rick Wagner Receives Bonus Pay For Exceeding Expectations

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Kudos to Baltimore Ravens right tackle Ricky Wagner.

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Kudos to Baltimore Ravens Ricky Wagner. The third-year right tackle earned a juicy, mouth-watering bonus check from the league’s performance-based pay program, which distributed a whopping total of $116.256 million this year.

Instituted in 2002 as part of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the program rewards players who exceed their rookie contractual expectations, based on comparison of playing time to salary.

Baltimore’s 2013 fifth-round draft selection was originally signed to a four-year deal worth a reported $2.28 million, according to Spotrac.com, and the Ravens got him for one heckuva deal in 2014 for a reported $495,000 base salary – the 39th highest (tied) base salary on the team.

For now, fans will cross their fingers (and dot their eyes), with hope that the 25-year-old stud will return to the gridiron in time for the commencement of the 2015 season and of course – open up the gates for re-signed running back Justin Forsett.

What would you do with $241,690?