ESPNOdell Beckham Jr. has agreed to a five-year extension with the New York Giants that makes him the highest-paid wide receiver in football, a source told ESPN’s Josina Anderson. The three-time Pro Bowl receiver can receive a maximum $95 million over the course of the deal with $65 million in guaranteed money. The deal eclipses Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown’s $17 million per year average and tops Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans’ $55 million in total guarantees.
After months of negotiations and rumors, Odell Beckham Jr finally got paid, signing a five year contract extension worth $95 million dollars ($65 million guaranteed) making him the highest paid wide receiver of all-time. We know what matters most is the guaranteed money, so no matter how his career unfolds, Odell will be a very wealthy man. What impressed me the most about the contract negotiations was the way Odell conducted himself, displaying zero diva behavior, as both sides worked to get the deal done. The Giants has no choice but to pay Odell, he is probably the biggest star the organization has had from a marketability standpoint since Lawrence Taylor, he is one of the faces of the NFL and deserves to be compensated as such. This deal keeps Odell Beckham Jr in New York through his prime, and into his early 30’s, at which point the Giants can reevaluate what he’s worth and determine his market value for his final contract. That’s if he stays healthy, but if he does not, he’s got $65 million guaranteed in the bank. This contract looks bloated now, but Odell deserved it, and it won’t look so bad in three or four years when other wise receivers have surpassed these numbers. Now Odell can go back to doing what Odell does best, he’s fully healthy and fully happy with his deal, time to start making plays for Big Blue.