October 3, 2022

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USA Today

On the eve of the 2022 NFL regular season, Rams general manager Les Snead is making one more in-house move before his team officially begins its title defense. The Rams announced a long-term contract extension for Rob Havenstein that will reportedly make him one of the NFL’s 10 highest-paid right tackles.

Havenstein is entering his eighth season with the Rams after being selected in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft. The 30-year-old lineman has started in each of his 99 career regular-season games. He also has 10 playoff starts under his belt that include two Super Bowl games. Havenstein’s pass protection helped the Rams defeat the Bengals in Super Bowl LVI. 

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Prior to joining the Rams, Havenstein enjoyed a standout career at Wisconsin, where he was a unanimous All-American as a senior in 2014. The previous season, Havenstein helped the Badgers set a school record for total offense with an average of nearly 481 total yards per game. He blocked for three 1,000-yard rushers at Wisconsin in Melvin Gordon, Montee Ball and James White. 

Havenstein’s extension will likely pay him a minimum of $10 million annually. The Saints’ Ryan Ramczyk is the NFL’s highest-paid right tackle at $19.2 million a year. The league’s five highest-paid right tackles each make over $17 million annually, while the top nine highest-paid right tackles take home at least $9 million per year. 

The Rams will kick off the regular season Thursday night against the Buffalo Bills in a game many feel could be a preview of Super Bowl LVII. The Rams will attempt to become the first team since the 2003-04 Patriots to repeat as champions. 

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