Odell Beckham Says He Wants to Become NFL's Highest-Paid Player

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJuly 27, 2017

New York Giants' Odell Beckham, Jr. talks to reporters after NFL football practice in East Rutherford, N.J., Tuesday, June 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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Odell Beckham Jr. has two more years remaining on his rookie deal, but the New York Giants are going to have to pay up to hold onto the Pro Bowl wide receiver when that contract expires.

In an interview with Uninterrupted, Beckham said he wants to become the highest-paid player in the NFL:

"I believe that I will be hopefully not just the highest-paid receiver in the league, but the highest-paid, period," he said (h/t NJ Advance Media's James Kratch).

In February, the Steelers signed Antonio Brown to a new deal that made him the highest-paid wideout in the NFL. According to Spotrac, Brown will earn an average of $17 million per year.

Beckham could top that with his next contract. Since the Giants selected him with the 12th overall pick in the 2014 draft, he's third in receiving yards (4,122) and tied for first with Brown in touchdowns (35), according to Pro Football Reference.

Beckham might be aiming a bit too high, though, if he wants to be the highest-paid player in the league. Quarterback is by far the most valued position the field, as evidenced by the fact the top 15 average salaries all belong to quarterbacks, per Spotrac.

Brown's average salary doesn't even eclipse that of Ryan Tannehill, who signed a four-year, $77 million extension with the Miami Dolphins in 2015.

Derek Carr owns the distinction of being the highest-paid player in the NFL after agreeing to a five-year, $125 million extension with the Oakland Raiders. Beckham's agent will have to work overtime in order to convince the Giants or another team to offer the three-time Pro Bowler an even richer contract.

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