If Odell Beckham Jr. continues over the next few seasons to have the kind of success he had as a rookie, New York Giants ownership won't find themselves in an easy position when it comes time to negotiate a second contract with the star wide receiver. Especially not with Beckham already talking about how he believes NFL players don't make enough money.
"I think that we should make more money, personally," Beckham told The Huffington Post.
Beckham told the Huffington Post that the violence and brevity of the careers in the NFL is why he feels that way:
"I understand that basketball plays 80-something games, baseball plays this many games, soccer plays that many games, but this is a sport that's most-watched in America. A sport where there's more injuries. There's more collisions.
"It's not even a full-contact sport, I would call it a full-collision sport. You have people running who can run 20 miles per hour and they're running downhill to hit you, and you're running 18 miles per hour. That's a car wreck.
"It's just the careers are shorter. There's injuries that you have after you leave the game, brain injuries, whatever it is, nerve injuries. And it's just something that I feel as if there's no way someone who -- even if they did their three or four years in the league -- should have to worry about money for the rest of their lives."
Beckham has a point. NFL contracts are not fully guaranteed, unlike baseball contracts. Thinking long-term here, and strictly about the Giants, understand that if he career keeps ascending Beckham is going to want -- and deserve -- a massive pile of cash when his time comes.