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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.

NFL: AFC Divisional Round-Cincinnati Bengals at Buffalo Bills
Cincinnati Bengals guard Cordell Volson (67) is a former North Dakota State offensive lineman who had a strong rookie season in the NFL.
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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.


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.

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Peterson covers college athletics for The Forum, including Concordia College and Minnesota State Moorhead. He also covers the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks independent baseball team and helps out with North Dakota State football coverage. Peterson has been working at the newspaper since 1996.
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