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Odell Beckham Wants NFL Players To Be Paid Like Their NBA Counterparts

OBJ wants that DOE. And not just for himself. The New York Giants flamboyant star receiver expounded on the statement he made earlier in the week about wanting to be the NFLs highest-paid player. 

WR Odell Beckham Jr. wants to be highest-paid WR in NFL

WR Odell Beckham Jr. wants to be highest-paid WR in NFL

Hes already moving up the money ladder despite currently being one of the lowest paid receivers of his ilk. And that is sure to change within the next year. Odell Beckham Jr. signed the richest NFL shoe deal with Nike this offseason at $25 million. Beckham made his announcement about his financial goals via Uninterrupted in a nearly three-minute video. 

The social media machine went crazy and some folks on talk radio accused the wide receiver of being greedy and self-centered. 

Earlier today, Beckham expounded on his answer and clarified his overall perspective on why he wants to be the highest paid player. He actually wants to be a financial barrier-breaker and get his NFL counterparts the same money that the NFL superstars are being blessed with. 

Josina Anderson on Twitter

Odell Beckham Jr on why he said he wants to be the highest paid player in the NFL. #Giants https://t.co/XesIhgWXGR

OBJ is due to make 1.8 million this season and has an option for next year at $8.5 million. Although his aspirations are high, Giants co-owner John Mara said it won’t surprise him if Beckham is signed to a long-term deal by next year, which is good news for the Giants. We know how Odell loves that drama. 

Pat Leonard on Twitter

COL: @Giants’ John Mara commits to long-term extension for Odell Beckham Jr. The news, the rationale, and the risks https://t.co/v04L9ukgx9

According to Kim Jones of NFL Network, OBJ says “he is not holding out.” He also put on a few pounds this season because he believes he needs to be bigger to take some of those hits he’ll be receiving from opposing defenders. According to Jones, Mara said, Odell deserves to be paid and will be paid. You could argue the appropriate time is now but there’s no doubt he will be a Giant and he will be paid.

Until that time, Beckham Jr. will continue to make bold statements, make headlines and attempt to take the forefront in making the NFL a place where triple digit contracts are the norm like in the NBA. 

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