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Five things about new Bills center Russell Bodine

You have to go back to Russell Bodine's final season at North Carolina to find a game in which he did not start. Bodine started all 64 games of his NFL career with the Cincinnati Bengals. He played in all 13 games as a junior at North Carolina, moving to various spots on the offensive line as needed. He started all 12 games as a sophomore for the Tar Heels.

Buffalo Bills Sign Former UNC Center Russell Bodine

The Buffalo Bills agreed Monday to a two-year, $5 million contract with former UNC center Russell Bodine, who spent the first four years of his NFL career with the Cincinnati Bengals. Bodine was a fourth-round pick in 2014 and has started all 64 games since then for the Bengals–a start streak that ranks second in the entire NFL at the center position.

How to watch Tar Heels in the NFL: Week 15

Green Bay Packers at Carolina Panthers (FOX): Julius Peppers has a chance to become one of very few players to record 10 seasons with 10 or more sacks with a half-sack or more against his former Packers team. Cincinnati Bengals at Minnesota Vikings (CBS): Bengals Running back Giovani Bernard and center Russell Bodine face one of the best teams in the NFL.

Russell Bodine among Bengals to earn performance and veteran-based NFL bonus

Cincinnati center Russell Bodine once again earned the Bengals' top figure in the NFL’s Performance-Based Pay program that compensates players for playing time based on their salary levels. Bodine received $314,040 in PBP. Bodine has been a starter since Cincinnati drafted him out of North Carolina in 2014. He’s been the team’s top PBP earner every year since.

Russell Bodine earns NFL Proven Performance Escalator for 2017

Bengals center Russell Bodine has earned the Proven Performance Escalator for the 2017 NFL season, which means his base salary will increase from his originally contracted $690,000 to approximately $1,795,325 next season. The precise figure of Bodine’s 2017 base salary will not be known until Restricted Free Agent Qualifying Offers are finalized.

Q&A with former UNC offensive lineman Russell Bodine

Russell Bodine was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft, and has played every offensive snap for his team over the past two seasons. Sports Editor Jeremy Vernon spoke to Bodine about his transition from UNC to the NFL, his thoughts on former teammate Giovani Bernard and his decision to leave school early.

Will Bengals center Russell Bodine have breakout season in year three?

The Bengals have had a loaded roster for years now but one of the few positions where media and fans agree they're weak is center. Russell Bodine, entering his third year in the NFL, has been a below average starter at best for Cincinnati since he was handed the job by default after the team traded up in the fourth round of the 2014 Draft to select him.

Criticisms of Bengals center Russell Bodine has his coach really peeved

If you see Cincinnati Bengals offensive line coach Paul Alexander around town, do him a favor, OK? Don't ask him about Russell Bodine. Alexander was trying to get his haircut recently at a popular downtown Cincinnati barber shop when he was jokingly harassed about starting Bodine at center.

Bengals' OL coach sick of ‘Bodine witch hunt’

Bengals offensive line coach Paul Alexander walked into Salzano’s barber shop on 4th St., looking for a relaxing haircut at a spot he’d frequented for years developing friendships with the three Italian barbers. Before long, relaxation evaporated. Suddenly he found himself amidst the latest example of what he coined the “witch hunt” of current starting center Russell Bodine.

Russell Bodine among NFL's top 25 performance-based pay recipients

Of all Cincinnati Bengals players, Russell Bodine received the most performance-based pay in 2015. Bodine received $352,271 for his 2015 performance in addition to his base salary. Bodine's base salary in 2015 was $510,000, but he played every single snap all season. In fact, he was the only player to play every offensive snap for the Bengals last season.

Countdown UNC’s 10 Best Players: #2 Landon Turner

2015 will be Landon Turner’s fourth year on the offensive line. As a freshman, he played a role on one of the great offensive lines in UNC history. That 2012 line included James Hurst , Jonathan Cooper, Russell Bodine, Brennan Williams, and Travis Bond. All the names listed there are NFL caliber players, with only Turner remaining as the last player not yet in the league.

Did Russell Bodine's snap issues begin before he was a Bengal?

Because the occasional practice snap woes have persisted since Russell Bodine's arrival as a fourth-round pick last May, it's easy to speculate about whether Bengals coaches missed a red flag while scouting him. Did he have these problems before he was a Bengal? Bodine's former offensive line coach, UNC associate head coach and co-offensive coordinator Chris Kapilovic told ESPN that Bodine didn't.

Russell Bodine's jump at center of Bengals' plans

This time last year, one of the biggest questions haunting the Bengals offense was if fourth-round pick Russell Bodine could handle the daunting task of the starting role as center. He did just that. Every one of the Bengals' 1,152 snaps last year came from Bodine's hand. During that stretch they allowed their fewest sacks since 2007 and most yards per carry in the Marvin Lewis era.

Russell Bodine third in NFL in performance-based pay

This season, another Bengals player ranked in the top five for performance-based pay. This time it was rookie center Russell Bodine who received $318,612 to lead the team and rank third in the NFL. Bodine's slotted fourth-round rookie contract paid him a base salary of $420K plus a pro-rated signing bonus of $114,114 so the performance bonus equates to a pay bump of 62.7 percent.

Two Tar Heels go in first round of SI's 2014 NFL Draft re-do

UNC had two players go in the first round of Sports Illustrated’s 2014 NFL Draft repick. Eric Ebron stayed in the first round after an up and down season in Detroit, and Carolina Panthers safety Tre Boston went in the first round of the re-pick. Along with those two NFL standouts, Russell Bodine had a good year in Cincinnati, and his future is bright.

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