By far, Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is the National Football League’s most exciting player to watch right now. Steelers wide out Antonio Brown presents a strong case when it comes to that label, but Beckham takes the cake.
OBJ has made some of the most dramatic catches in NFL History over the years. Now that he has put up spectacular numbers in each of his three seasons in the National Football League, he now wants to get paid like one of the premier players in the game. The quote below from Beckham explains it all.
“It’s like the elephant in the room, and you don’t want to talk about it but I’ve gotten to the point in my life where I’m like, ‘No, I’m going to … there’s no need to not talk about it,’” Beckham said. “I believe that I will be hopefully not just the highest-paid receiver in the league, but the highest paid, period.”
OBJ wants to be paid like one of the top quarterbacks in the league at some point in the future. We all know that kind of money is only reserved for quarterbacks and guys who are good at taking down signal callers i.e. pass rushers. However, in the “Big Apple,” Odell Beckham is in a unique situation.
Before the talented wide receiver out of LSU arrived in New York, quarterback Eli Manning barely scratched the surface when it came to putting up numbers that were similar to Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady. Within the last three seasons, since Beckham has arrived in New York, Manning has thrown for 4,027, 4,432, and 4,410 passing yards respectively. Without OBJ on the Giants roster, they are a far worst football team than what they are now.
The vaunted pass rush that carried them to those two Super Bowl Titles is no longer there, and now the offense must become the primary facilitator of this football team. In regards to Odell becoming the top brand of the National Football League, he’s on the right path to it so far.
He makes spectacular plays on the field followed by off the wall celebrations and endorsements from major brands are starting to come his way. According to the Bleacher Report, Odell has signed a record five-year deal with Nike that is supposed to be the richest shoe deal in NFL history. According to Art Stapleton of The Record, incentives could push the deal to eight years, $48 million.
Those are some feats, which greats such as Randy Moss and Terrell Owens were never able to accomplish in regards to the endorsement department. I do not believe that Beckham will become the highest paid player in league history, but I do think he is setting the trend when it comes to marketing players that do not play at the quarterback position.
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