Denver Broncos All-Pro outside linebacker Von Miller has no issue with Odell Beckham Jr. being the highest-paid player in the NFL. Whether the New York Giants and the rest of the NFL should have a problem with it is another question entirely.
That topic has lingered throughout the offseason ever since the superstar wideout made his intentions of being the highest-paid player in the league known publicly. After the Giants’ first training camp practice, he claimed he wanted to create the kind of change that would benefit all players.
There’s no doubt pushing a wide receiver to the top of the pay scale would dramatically increase salaries among players league-wide.
Beckham, who is currently on injured reserve with a broken ankle, is half-football star and half-pop icon. If any player was going to reset the bar on contract salaries, why not the All-Pro receiver with infinite global appeal?
“Odell should be the highest-paid player ever in the National Football League,” Miller said on Wednesday during a conference call, via ESPN’s Jordan Raanan. “He should be the highest-paid player ever, regardless of position. That’s just the type of player he is. It doesn’t matter if it’s quarterback, offensive line, receiver. It doesn’t matter. The type of impact that he has on the globe, the type of viewers that he brings — just him as a player. That makes up for him not playing quarterback. So, he’s a once-in-a-lifetime player. Definitely deserving.”
No one can argue that Beckham deserves to be paid handsomely, but he shouldn’t be the highest-paid player in the league.
One receiver doesn’t have enough impact on a game to warrant being paid more money than a quarterback, who commands the offense on every snap. That isn’t to say Beckham can’t take over a game if given the opportunity. It simply means he’s limited in the things he’s able to do to over the course of a game. He’s isn’t the one standing behind center, taking every snap and making all the throws.
For argument’s sake, even if the receiver position was held in higher regard compared to quarterback, Beckham hasn’t shown the maturity to warrant such a big contract.
We have yet to see him perform well in the playoffs, and he has a tendency to go over-the-top sometimes where it costs his team yards with penalties. The infamous incident with the net on the sidelines, an on-field tussle with Josh Norman and the imitation of a dog urinating are just a few examples of him becoming unhinged during games.
If the Giants want to make him the highest-paid receiver in the league, they should get a deal done today. Anything more than that would come with far too many risks.
The last thing the 0-5 Giants can afford is another dumpster fire.