Former Bison OL Volson earns more than $800K for his NFL rookie-year performance with the Bengals
Former NDSU linebacker Chris Board is also reportedly signing a two-year deal with the New England Patriots.
FARGO — Former North Dakota State offensive lineman Cordell Volson earned nearly $855,000 in performance-based pay for his rookie season with the Cincinnati Bengals, the NFL announced Friday, March 17.
The 6-foot-6, 315-pound Volson ranked second on the performance-based pay list with $854,407, only behind Philadelphia safety Marcus Epps who earned $880,384. The NFL announced the top 24 performance-based pay distributions Friday.
The Bengals drafted Volson — from Balfour, N.D. — in the fourth round of the 2022 NFL Draft and he started every game at left guard for Cincinnati, which advanced to the AFC Championship game.
The NFL performance-based pay setup has been around since 2002 and players with high playing time and low base salaries are the most rewarded.
Volson had a $705,000 base salary in 2022 along with a $164,221 signing bonus, according to Spotrac, a website that tracks players contracts for a variety of professional sports team including the NFL.
Former #Eagles safety Marcus Epps, who left in free agency for the #Raiders, led the NFL with a $880,384 performance-based pay distribution for 2022. pic.twitter.com/S9OiYxULBi— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 17, 2023
In other NFL news, former Bison linebacker Chris Board is reportedly signing a two-year deal with the New England Patriots for a reported $6.7 million, according top the NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.
The #Patriots are signing LB Chris Board to a two-year deal worth up to $6.7 million, per source. Another special-teams star getting paid in New England.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 17, 2023