07:24 AM ET 12.18 | Though the season opened with a pay cut for him, Earl Bennett is on the verge of earning it back. The Bears reduced Bennett's base salary from $2.25 million to $1.25 million just before the start of the season. But the club gave Bennett, who missed nine games over the previous two seasons, a chance to earn back the $1 million difference in performance bonuses. Bennett got $500,000 back Sunday when he made four catches in the 38-31 road victory over the Browns because it brought him to 30 receptions for the season, the first threshold in his re-worked deal, according to an NFL source. Now, Bennett needs 10 catches in the final two games to get to 40 and earn the other $500,000 that would restore him to his original $2.25 million, a good value for the club as he has remained on the field this season.