Giants Star Odell Beckham Jr. Wants To Be NFL's Highest-Paid Player

Jonathan Hernandez
July 29, 2017

Despite being one of the NFL's most productive wide receivers in recent years, Beckham remains far outside the position's upper echelon in terms of pay.

Former LSU WR Odell Beckham Jr. has one of the most team-friendly contracts in the National Football League this year, as the New York Giants star will make only $1.8 million this season (with a $1.4 million signing bonus). However, New York wants to keep Beckham around for much longer than that, and while it can slap the franchise tag on him after 2018, eventually the two sides will need to agree on a multiyear deal. The Giants recently picked up the fifth-year option on the contract at what is expected to be in the $8.5 million range. That honor belongs to Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, who scored a five-year, $125 million deal during the offseason. It is something that few in the league have and he's shown it through his first three seasons int he league.

Mara does not believe it will take a record contract to sign Beckham, because quarterbacks are more valuable than receivers, but he views the 24-year-old pass catcher as a superstar whose mercurial nature won't affect a potential extension.

Mara said from Giants training camp the fourth-year wideout "deserves to get paid" and the Giants will be the ones paying him.

Perhaps that's where the "hopefully" part of Beckham's comments becomes pertinent, as it could signal his understanding that, while he might want to sit atop the NFL's salary list, it's probably not going to happen.

That's a not-so-tough break we'd all like to catch.

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