Odell Beckham: NFL players should get paid more

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Giants receiver Odell Beckham thinks the $10.4 million he’s guaranteed over the first four years of his rookie contract is not enough.

“I think that we should make more money, personally,” Beckham told The Huffington Post when asked what he’d change about the NFL.

Beckham says NFL players should get paid more than baseball or basketball players because football is a more dangerous game.

“I understand that basketball plays 80-something games, baseball plays this many games, soccer plays that many games, but this is 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 career is shorter. There’s injuries that you have after you leave the game, brain injuries, whatever it is, nerve injuries.”

The truth, however, is that the danger inherent to a profession has little to do with the pay within that profession. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, logging is America’s most dangerous profession. If people were paid according to the risks associated with their jobs, lumberjacks would make more than NFL players. But that’s not how it works.

In reality, NFL players make less money than baseball and basketball players primarily because baseball and basketball have smaller rosters. The players’ percentage of the league’s revenue is similar in all three sports, but in the NFL that money is divided among a much larger pool of players — more than twice as many players as in Major League Baseball and more than four times as many players as in the National Basketball Association.

As a result, it’s unlikely that NFL players will ever make as much, on average, as MLB or NBA players. No matter how much Beckham thinks they should.

238 responses to “Odell Beckham: NFL players should get paid more

  1. Lol – he’s already wanting more money. Good luck in contract negotiations when his rookie deals ends Mr. Mara.

  2. Yea compared to other pro athlete in the big 4 sports, the NFL is like 3rd. I liked it better when there wasn’t a cap for rookie salaries

  3. Odell,

    Nobody is forcing you to play. If you don’t feel that the amount of money offered by your employer is adequate, you have every right to say no and walk away and work elsewhere. If you feel that the risks are not appropriately accounted for in your compensation package, you also have every right to walk away from the game. Once again, nobody is forcing you to play. But you did sign that contract.

    If you feel that the percentage of revenue shared with the players is not adequate, you have a players’ union that negotiates the CBA on a periodic basis, so you can let your voice be heard there.

    Thank you,

    A fan who is much less entitled than you.

  4. Professional athletes and Hollywood actors/actresses are some of the most grossly overpaid people on planet Earth for the value they bring to humanity, so to hear Beckham whining about his millions is nauseating. That said, I certainly don’t begrudge them for taking the money, because if they are people stupid enough to pay them that much they SHOULD take it. Of course, they wouldn’t be able to get that much if there weren’t dimwits numbering in the millions who will lay out exorbitant prices for tickets to watch games while they struggle to make their mortgage and car payments. Pathetic.

  5. That’s one way to look at it.
    How about the college players?? I’m sure all 127 D-1 football programs and the NCAA as a whole generate of a lot more money than the NFL.
    Those kids are being robbed. One year in the league and you are on the madden cover kid. Which they probably paid you handsomely for.
    Shut up.

  6. What a jerk! He should have a regular job and see what it is like trying to feed a family…to clothes them and…insurance and education. Some people work two jobs to try and make ends meet. Just lost my respect for this guy.

  7. Uh, oh Diva in training. This guy may be the most talented of a big bunch of talented receivers, but if I were a Giant fan I would be concerned. Since I’m an Eagle fan it may be fun to watch.

  8. Paid more to a play a game? Get serious, bro. How about they get paid more when they complete college with a degree, or complete college at all. Half of the players would be screwed then. Pro athletes have no idea how easy they have it, and they still complain. Bunch of pansies.

  9. Just lost a lot of respect for this kid. Quit complaining about making millions playing a game that you love while there are people working jobs that will never see what this kid makes in a year in their lifetime.

    I would love to see more players understand that what they make is more than they should.

  10. He’s right……

    Look at MLB, NBA & NHL contracts.
    Sports that are no where near the popularity of the NFL.
    They get guaranteed contracts, and the salaries look even higher.

    Then factor in the danger of each sport and player career longevity.

    Then factor in revenues created by TV contracts.

    NFL Players have been getting hosed for years. Makes me wonder if DeMaurice Smith doesn’t have some kind of under the table arrangement with the owners. I mean outside looking in it’s either that or the guy is the worst negotiating lawyer of all time.

  11. Odell you gotta meet with your HR rep and your boss and then come to a number that everyone can agree on.

  12. so by that logic Odell, shouldn’t MMA fighters get paid more than you? Most big names dont even make the equivalent of an NFL vet minimum.

  13. No, actually soldiers, EMT’s, firemen, police officers, nurses and teachers should get paid more. These people risk their lives and try to help others. All athletes do is play a game and get paid more in a year than most people will see in a lifetime.

  14. I guess in comparison to MLB and NBA players he has a point. But when you look at the fact he’s saying an athlete deserves more money to play a game…. well thats just silly.

  15. Ticket prices for all professional sports have greatly outpaced the ability of average fans to afford them. Clearly players in all three of these sports are overpaid.

  16. luther6 says:
    May 18, 2015 12:28 PM
    “Soldiers, teachers, and migrant laborers should get paid more.”

    Please, don’t ever loop migrant workers in the same sentence with SOLDIERS, never, never, never.

  17. You’ll get paid more in a couple years Odell. If you don’t want the NFL’s money you could always go try using your degree but chances are you will never ever make as much money in your lifetime as you will in the NFL. You have a golden parachute, be appreciative of it.

    Hernandez wasn’t appreciative of his and look where it got him. He rather be a gangsta and do life in prison than have millions of dollars and a luxurious life.

    Where do they find these morons?

  18. Relax. He was giving an honest answer when asked “what” he would change about the NFL. Wondering what answer all of you would give if you were asked the same question by your boss and you were not too intimidated to answer the question honestly. I bet I can figure that out real quick…

  19. I grow less of an NFL fan each time I read an article like this.

    I’m thinking NFL players and the league doesn’t deserve MY MONEY much longer.

  20. I don’t begrudge athletes what they earn. They put in a lot of hard work, and basically the market decides the pool of money that is available to pay player salaries. Plus, if any of us had the athletic ability we wouldn’t walk away from the money.

    The NFL is worth billions, so of course the players deserve some of that.

    While I see Beckam’s point, voicing this kind of thing makes him look like an entitled, out of touch idiot.

  21. In the past two weeks there hasn’t been any news about Adrian Peterson or his agent Ben Drogba.

    I’m getting concerned and was wondering if someone can check outside their front door to see if the milk bottles are mounting up?

  22. I’ll say this He is right about nfl players should be payed more than basketball and definitely baseball players. I think mlb should have a salary cap!

  23. jeffreyshulenburg says:
    May 18, 2015 12:38 PM
    “This may be one of the stupidest things ever said to a reporter…”

    Not even close…… Adrian Peterson comparing his wages for playing a game to “slavery” is the absolutely stupidest comment ever made to a reporter from an athlete….

  24. “NFL players make less money than baseball and basketball players primarily because baseball and basketball have smaller rosters.”

    They also have many more games.

    Beckham just another greedy turd. The league has already priced the live game experience out of many people’s ability to afford to go to a game.

  25. “If people were paid according to the risks associated with their jobs, lumberjacks would make more than NFL players. But that’s not how it works.”

    1. Comparing a professional athlete to an average worker is an apples and oranges comparison. Totally different rules, totally different labor market.

    2. Even if you tried to make that comparison your logic doesn’t hold. The difference in pay between industries is typically determined by supply, demand, and revenue generated. Hence the reason NFL players are paid more than lumberjacks.

    However, this formulation does not preclude factoring in health risks. If anything that would probably be one of the considerations that determine the supply part of the equation. If you think health risks and earning potential don’t affect young athletes when they’re deciding which sports to pursue I have a bridge to sell you

  26. This guy is ridiculously overrated. reminds me of John Jefferson, Chargers early 80’s…eerily similar 1st year stats, got side-tracked w/ trying to make “fantastic” catches his…became full of himself and flamed out after 4 years.

    Odell needs to put his head down and get to work. It’s easy to pile up stats on a losing team getting crushed every game

  27. Odell Beckham needs to finish that college education with all that foosball money.

  28. …Odell, I bet you can’t even settle your own checkbook. I bet you have no idea what your money is invested in, IF it is even invested. I bet all you do is SPEND>>>SPEND>>>>SPEND. Blow it out your ear. You’ve played one year….I’ll start listening to you once you play 10 years.

  29. LOL, question I would like to know is what would make Mr. Beckham feel more comfortable?? $50 million………? I can’t believe his statements weren’t taken out of context. He may of already received his first head injury in his rookie season if these comments are accurate.

  30. jeffreyshulenburg says:
    May 18, 2015 12:38 PM
    “This may be one of the stupidest things ever said to a reporter…”

    Not even close…… Adrian Peterson comparing his wages for playing a game to “slavery” is the absolute stupidest comment ever made to a reporter from an athlete….

  31. Odell needs to join the U. S. Army. to find out what dangerous is. That way he would have a legitimate gripe on not making enough money.

  32. It’s called free market and the nfl is about as damn close as it comes. Think about how most companies won’t even let you doc lose your pay to others so they won’t know your being under/over paid but theon the nfl everyone knows which gives greater bargaining power

  33. He doesn’t even have a point in comparison to the other leagues ….. yes an NBA player can make more, but since each team has only 12 players 1 players impact can be much greater. Same in baseball… outside of one position, football players are almost all replaceable and thus not as important..

    Now i think that rule number one for people who are millionaires should be never to publicly say you should make more money…. No matter what, right or wrong, you never look good. In country where the median salary is in 40’s of thousands its not a good idea to complain about making 1.8 million a year….

  34. The players did get worked on the last collective bargaining agreement. They were told that that the rookies needed to take a huge pay cut so that the vets can get the money. Now all the vets get cut from their big contracts and the rookies are making a fraction of what they used to make.

  35. Just shut up already. Between all your miraculous recoveries from injuries to your circus catches due to sticky gloves, just play and be quiet.

  36. magnumpimustache says:
    May 18, 2015 12:47 PM
    Roger Goodell makes 44 million per year.

    And has done a poor job.

    Something is wrong

    _____

    Wrong on Roger, he has grown the revenues from around 7 billionish when he took over to a projected 12 billion this year.

    When you bring in 5 billion more a year then when you took over your doing something right and that 44 millions looks like peanuts.

  37. I think players, owners, and teams should be making less money. The more money they make they more the fans, who generally don’t make a lot of money, have to pay to make up for it. Give the people who pay the money and allow you to make so much a break.

  38. Shut your mouth, keep playing well market yourself, and get on Campbell’s Soup commercials and get that endorsement money. Just ask Richard Sherman, the Mannings and countless others on how to maximize your profits. Stop hanging out with successful NBA players and trying to keep up with their lifestyle take care of yours first bro.

  39. Damn GREEDY players

    Does this clown not realize that the more money he makes, the MORE money is taken out for taxes, especially in the NY/NJ area, and probably MORE money gets paid to his agent, and maybe more money goes to the union.

  40. nyfootballgiants says:
    May 18, 2015 12:34 PM

    Won’t read the Huff Post, so i can only hope this was an isolated question as opposed to a theme of the interview……
    =====================================
    It is your choice, but you might consider reading HuffPo or Salon or some other, if only to understand what the sheep are being fed.

  41. Omg so much hate going on! He was just speaking from a general standpoint. At least he had a basis behind what he said. I doubt he’s unhappy with what he makes. Did any of you even read the article?

  42. I understand the economics of football salaries relative to the other leagues and accept it for what it is. I also understand Beckham’s statement, and would love to see a better pay system for more of the players (although I am pretty sure he was talking about the elite big money contracts). I actually hated to see the players agree to getting a lower percentage of the profits that happened with the last CBA, but I know the owners were entrenched on that point.

    What should change? First off, anyone that makes the 53 man roster should make the same minimum pay, say 1 to 1.5 million. At present, the pay differential between those on rookie contracts and the vet minimum has rendered many 4 to 5 year vets unemployable, as the clubs seek to save money for the big contracts the quarterbacks get. The premium paid to veterans they negotiated with this contract has actually worked against the vet. I believe it has shortened many mid level careers. If everyone on the 53 man roster makes the same (but with a higher base), the best players win jobs, not the cheapest.

    Secondly, just as there is a salary cap for the league, there should be a salary cap for the amount you can pay any single player. Say something like no single player can take up more than 12% (random # here) of the cap. This would help limit the damage an elite QB contract does to the team as a whole and would free up money to bring the minimum pay level of all the players up (as suggested in my first point). It has always galled me that the guy who takes the least physical pounding on the field makes the most money.

    I know this will never happen, but if the NFLPA is there to represent “all” the players, and not just the elite few, they would strongly consider something like this.

  43. Great player but makes no sense. Teachers, soldiers, etc etc should make more money. He just mentioned all the other sports that make more money, well no wonder. Ever watched the NHL? They play over 80 games and if they make the playoffs its longer than a NFL season just in their post season. They also get nailed on ice. Baseball players play so many games its insane. He will make a lot of money on his next contract and it will surely not be enough for this guy.

  44. I liked this guy better when he was catching TDs 1 handed and not saying stupid things. Usually people are too quick to shout “Shut up and play” but it applies here.

  45. Getting tired of all these selfish Athletes who are already millionaires asking for more money it’s ridiculous

  46. Hey Odell, you’re a good football player but why don’t you join the military and fight in combat, make approximately $25k per year then talk about how football players don’t make enough money.

  47. If Goodell gets 40 million a year to be garbage, then yes the players are under paid.

  48. He brings up a good point. Problem is there are only 16 games so the amount of competitive labor hours are not that of NBA, NFL. but they should be paid more.

  49. This guy has a lot of opinions and I’m not sure I’ve agreed with one of them yet.

  50. I’ve worked 46 years and I won’t make the money you’re getting in your first contract. Get real my friend, the silver spoon doesn’t entitle you to talk stupid.

  51. G.T.F.O.H. go get a real job, go enlist, go protect and serve, go fight fires, if you don’t get paid enough, you need to examine your spending.

  52. Then go play baseball, period.

    If I thought I was not making enough money doing the job I do, I go get another job that does pay what I think I am worth.

    Rookie.

  53. Not one of the best PR statements he’s made…..
    Sometimes it’s best to remain silent & let people wonder as opposed to opening your mouth & removing all doubt!!!

  54. People who are getting paid minimum wage also think they should get paid more, but it’s not going to happen for them. Since you think you’re not getting paid enough, try switching salaries with those people for awhile. Then maybe you’ll appreciate the numbers on your paycheck.

  55. OK half wits. We get it. You’re sad at your $15 hour grocery bagging job. Move onto the next argument please. What did he say that was wrong (IN THE CONTEXT OF SPORTS ENTERTAINMENT – not real world America)?

  56. You are free to leave the oppression of the NFL and their meager salaries to find employment elsewhere.

    Please do report back and let us know how that works out for you.

  57. Teams ending the regular season with a losing record should pay the fans (via a recognized charity in the team’s playing location) 10% of the gross.

  58. Nothing garners more sympathy with fans than a privileged athlete complaining that 2.5 mil a year is inadequate (while probably driving a different Lamb0rghini to practice each day).

  59. Want more money, players?

    Insist the NFL go back to playing “Iron Man” football. All players have to be on both offense and defense.

    Smaller roster = more money for everyone. And you can be on the field the entire game, you know, like the athletes in almost every other team sport?

  60. Here is where I hate these stupid comparisons. For the purpose of making it easy to compare, and prove how stupid it is to compare baseball to football. Just using ticket revenue

    Baseball:
    Lets say average attendance is 20K
    Average price per ticket $25
    162 games

    Total of $81,000,000 divided by 25 man roster is $3,240,000 per player

    Football:
    average attendance of 50K
    Average ticket price of $50
    20 games

    Total of $50,000,000 divided by 53 man roster is $943,396 per player

    Obviousy the best players take up larger chunks than what that average salary is, however, it shows that with rosters twice as large, and a schedule 1/8 as long, it defies logic to think there is enough money to compare to baseball

    Obviously there is way more to it, tv deals and parking and concessions and blah blah blah, just saying

  61. I think professional athletes that say things like this should be punched in the face.

  62. I had a nice long diatribe about how Odell needs to know his audience. That the fans that pay his 10+ million dollar contract probably have a net household income of 40K-70K per year. But then I realized it does not matter what he says. Am I going to stop watching football because this dude wants more money? No. And I doubt most of you will stop watching too. So Odell can just live in his richie rich world and not much is going to change. I have enough stress actually making ends meet than to worry about how the other half live.

  63. Odell,
    I have an idea…next time you are at the airport…you know, waiting for first class to board so you can fly down to the Bahamas for the weekend, or out to Palm Springs for a celebrity golf event…why don’t you walk up to the first group of men and women you see in U.S. Military uniforms, maybe on their way home from their second or third deployment in some third world stink-hole where they’ve been away from their family and loved ones for the last 18 months, and ask them to start a petition to get you paid more money FOR PLAYING FOOTBALL!!!

  64. ( . Y . ) says:
    May 18, 2015 1:26 PM
    16 games not 20. Preseason tickets do not go for the same, or sell out. A for effort.

  65. Yo, clueless, uh, Odell Beckham Jr, blame your weak and pitiful union, which caves at the first sign of a work stoppage every time the CBA is up for renewal.

  66. *facepalm*

    Notice that he conveniently left out NHL players when making his case. I guess a violent, high-impact game with an 82 game regular season and up to an 28 game post season might have invalidated his argument.

  67. Maybe he should go back to school and learn mathematics……What a clown!!!

  68. May be should write the number “1” ten million times to grasp how much that is!!

  69. For all of you “Police, Soldiers, Teachers should make more” folks…you’d be the FIRST ones crying about “Big Government” if you had to pay the taxes necessary to make that happen. No one’s paying $400 per family of four to watch the police go on patrol or to watch soldiers fight or to to watch teachers teach. The NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL are not real-world jobs. Beckham has a point in the CONTEXT of what he’s saying, he just should have kept it to himself.

  70. Hey Odell,

    NHL players average 2.4 million salary, their sport is at least as dangerous if not more and they don’t whine about their paychecks after 1 year. Maybe gain some perspective before speaking foolish words.

  71. Ya’know, the one thing that keeps me up at night is the great injustice of NFL players not making enough money. In fact, me and the guys I work with, who make about 40k a year… are going to start a rally and march on the capital so that we can get these impoverished athletes the money they need to feed their kids.

  72. FREAKIN NY JERK,,,what do you expect,,,the whole damn place is a toilet that drains into NJ

  73. do people have like zero grasp on the finite-ness of money? along with the fact that the people who hand out the money want as much of that money as possible?

    this is like a universal thing like people wanting minimum wage to be $15

    YES. EVERYONE WANTS ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD. we get it

  74. What a crybaby! Tiger Woods has made a lot more money playing golf, a game where injuries are minimal. What a pathetic, selfish thing to say. I would have given anything to play professional sports at a fraction of what football players make.

  75. I think that basketball and baseball players are overpaid so when you make the comparison to football the salary does seem miniscule.

    There are guys in the NBA who play 15-20 minutes per game and make millions per year, its ludicrous.

  76. I think what he means is as a percent of football revenues, the players should get more than 49%, considering that football is more damaging to the body than baseball for example.

    Football players are paid plenty compared to the regular person.

    I don’t see NFL owners making the same kind of brilliant investing as manufacturing or tech companies.

  77. Let’s go start a Go Fund Me page and raise money for wayward NFL players! People gave $12 for Brady…can we get $13 in honor of Odell?

  78. Migrant workers? Maybe let them go home and get prevailing wage there? As for this entitled football wanting more….typical. The top 1% come in many colors.

  79. Amazing. He is on a contract where realistically, he could retire from at the end of his 4 years and NEVER work again…and would be comfortable for the rest of his life. I think his real reasoning for this is not the MLB or NBA thing..but is how many of these footballers go bankrupt. That is on them “living the lifestyle” instead of being smart. Remember, ODB.. as quick as one season can make you a superstar, following season you can be that guy who had an awesome rookie season (like RG3) Don’t act like a dick. Be humble.

  80. How come he didnt mention Hockey, where you get your teeth knocked out and probably have collision at higher speeds.. how many of them complain? they do it because they love the sport not because they are trying to get paid.

  81. mljohns says:
    May 18, 2015 1:51 PM
    Let’s go start a Go Fund Me page and raise money for wayward NFL players! People gave $12 for Brady…can we get $13 in honor of Odell?

    —————————————–

    A quarter of Bradys has to go to someone who doesn’t moan about pay. Like Darelle Revis lol.

  82. What about poor Roger Goodell. You wanna talk about somebody who should get a huge pay raise.

    Signed,

    Roger Goodell

  83. Just wait till the league decides you cheated by having sticky gloves and drags your name through the mud and hires a high priced partner to confirm their results.

  84. Lol. If you’re underpaid in the NFL, try and play baseball or basketball if you want their pay.

  85. Doctors: Doctors should get paid more
    Lawyers: Lawyers should get paid more
    Police: Police officers should get paid more
    Teachers: Teachers should get paid more

    anyone out there not thinking they deserve more?

  86. By that rationale police officers and crab fisherman should make what ODumbell Jr makes a year and he should be receiving a wage based on the state taxes.

  87. I understand where he is coming from but the big bad internet bullies have already flexed their fingers.

  88. If you couldnt catch a football, you’d asking “Do you want fries with that order”?

    …and you’d have to wear a hair net over that nest

  89. duece5 says:
    May 18, 2015 12:57 PM
    “I think I should be paid LESS”

    -said nobody…EVER!

    ===================================

    Maybe, but there comes a point where it’s just out of control greed. Is $100 million really that much different than $80 million? Is there something these guys could do with $100 million that they couldn’t do if they were scraping by on $80 million?

  90. Nothing like showing your lack of smarts Beckham. I’m sure the fans who spend hundreds of dollars a game to see you appreciate your arrogant self entitled completely stupid opinion.

  91. If that is the criteria then hockey players should make more than football players. They play in a collision sport and play 82 games.

  92. Never forget… Goddell 45 mil a year.
    ———————————————————

    So the NFL is paying Goodell 45M/yr to ruin the game! Smart move.

  93. He just wants to get paid the same salary that he had at LSU. SEC-SEC-SEC………

  94. Love you but just shut up and play. You signed your NFL contract didn’t you?

    Signed,
    Giants Season Ticket Holder

  95. He thinks he should make more money. There are therapy groups that discuss this and how much people hate their jobs. They meet every Friday at places called bars. Cheers to all the PFT commentators.

  96. Nobody’s holding a gun to your head forcing you to play. You’re just too stupid to do anything else in life

  97. So our police officers, firefighters, and military members put their lives on the line everyday for $50K/yr or less but football players should get paid more than they already do because they take hard hits playing a game. If you don’t like to get hit so hard, you have a choice.

  98. The NFL is BIG BUSINESS that sells. The NFLPA should/could do better in future negotiations.

  99. Supply and demand folks. There are more players in the NFL that could be Doctors, Lawyers or Engineers than there are Doctors, Lawyers or Engineers who could have played in the NFL.

  100. Didn’t realize there were so many merit-based pay advocates here. I thought this was more the fist-thrusting market economy crowd. But I guess all the outraged commenters wish pay was regulated according to societal value? Or did you just want firefighters, police, soldiers et al can get paid what they’re really worth (ie, pay vastly higher taxes)?

  101. Notice how our esteemed author completely glossed over the fact the NFL probably makes 2 to 3 times as much, if not more, than all the other sports combined.

    But why quibble over money when your goal is greed.

  102. He may be a great receiver, but nobody said hes the brightest guy in the world.

  103. If you offered Odell Beckham an extra million salary a year, but in return, he had to play without his gloves, do you think he’d turn it down?

    I’m betting he would.

  104. He does have a point. Bryce Harpers next contract will probably be 300 million dollars. Of course he is awesome… but 300 million! Crazy.

    Most of the game, you are not doing anything. Go bat once every three innings, and stand around the outfield.

    Football players take contact every down and have a much shorter average career. So, I would say, either football players make too little…. or baseball/basketball players make too much.

  105. Patriots fans claiming poverty. That’s rich. Wasn’t it you dopes who were raising Go Fund Me money to pay gazillionaire’s Kraft’s measly $1M fine.

  106. kenmasters34 says:
    May 18, 2015 3:12 PM
    He does have a point. Bryce Harpers next contract will probably be 300 million dollars. Of course he is awesome… but 300 million! Crazy.
    _______________________________
    NO.

    The largest contract in MLB history is 325 million which breaks down to 25 million per season which is in par with an elite NFL quarterback. That is the ONLY professional sports contract over 278 million.

    Arod has had 2 different 240 million dollar contracts and after 2017 will have played out the length of each contract, despite his troubles.

    People in the NFL typically do not play out a contract. In MLB sometimes they haven’t and some times they have, but the majority fulfill a contract today (outside of Bobby Bonillas contract that expires in 2035)

  107. Wow, dude did such a great job building up some goodwill in his rookie year. Gets on Madden and just couldn’t keep his mouth closed.

  108. Russell Wilson has won a Super Bowl and was a few yards from winning another one. And, he hasn’t touched seven figures, yet. This is just a suggestion in class…hmmm….

  109. skawh says:
    May 18, 2015 3:06 PM
    Notice how our esteemed author completely glossed over the fact the NFL probably makes 2 to 3 times as much, if not more, than all the other sports combined.

    But why quibble over money when your goal is greed.
    ______________________________________
    NFL also has 53 players per team and no farm system. Lots to consider.

  110. 3 years broke after career is over is a likely scenario for him. Hope he is saving his money, I support enough out of work, lazy turds.

  111. honkerdawg says:
    May 18, 2015 2:51 PM
    Nobody’s holding a gun to your head forcing you to play. You’re just too stupid to do anything else in life

    ———————————————————————————–he obviously isn’t that stupid if he is getting paid millions to play a game that few are good at and be very good at it. Complaining about another man wanting more money from his occupation on pft because you are physically unable to handle his job would be stupid.

  112. I would like to see the NFL remove the Salary Cap and let players get paid what their worth is. Personally, I agree with a lot of comments here that NFL players are WAY overpaid… but hey, if you can get a team to give you $10 million, why not ask for more?

    When you consider that a stadium can fit 60,000 and avg ticket prices of roughly $220 / game, I might ask for more money too.

  113. C’mon Odell! Everybody was loving you after the one-handed catch! Just shut up!!!

  114. But then we’d risk Manziel getting crushed when his money phone booth tips over.

  115. dbfan4ever says:
    May 18, 2015 2:44 PM
    If that is the criteria then hockey players should make more than football players. They play in a collision sport and play 82 games.

    They DO make more, on average, than NFL players. Find a different argument

  116. skinsgal4life says:
    May 18, 2015 1:48 PM

    What a crybaby! Tiger Woods has made a lot more money playing golf, a game where injuries are minimal. What a pathetic, selfish thing to say. I would have given anything to play professional sports at a fraction of what football players make.
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    Incorrect. Tiger doesn’t make much playing golf, he makes his millions in endorsements from Nike.
    Which is an avenue that is open to Odell as well.

    IIRC, Deon Sanders made a ton from Nike in his day to “supplement” his “little” NFL paycheck.

  117. There are people in the world who make 10¢ (or less) an hour who think minimum wage workers in the US, who believe they should be paid more, should keep their mouth shut and get a real job.

  118. And when the golden goose dies jerks like him will be cryin’ for their momma.

  119. rufustfireflyjr says:
    May 18, 2015 4:17 PM
    dbfan4ever says:
    May 18, 2015 2:44 PM
    If that is the criteria then hockey players should make more than football players. They play in a collision sport and play 82 games.

    They DO make more, on average, than NFL players. Find a different argument
    ______________________________
    Nope not even close.Highest paid NHL player:

    Pittsburgh Penguins’ center Sidney Crosby, who will bank $16.5 million this season, including $4.5 million from endorsements and memorabilia.

  120. I think Odell should be grateful for everything he gets. Consider this, there are people every day that put there lives on the line to allow you to earn that measly paycheck that you receive. Soldiers, fire fighters and police officers that probably make less than what you get paid for a single game!

  121. Don’t forget he’s off 6 months out of the year.Plus he plays WR, where getting hit hard usually results in a flag.

  122. If that is the criteria then hockey players should make more than football players. They play in a collision sport and play 82 games.
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    They DO make more, on average, than NFL players. Find a different argument
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    Come on you are smarter than that. The NFL has nearly 1100 more players than the NHL and that is before you include the players on the 32 practice squads. NFL has a roster of 53, NHL a roster of 23. So of course there enough marginal players in the NFL that bring the average down substantially. So the logic still fits.

  123. The NFL also requires some very singular talents, and isn’t nearly as hard to be good at.

    This is also coming from a guy who does what he does because he was born with his talents.

  124. He’s right. Of course, the dog walkers and burger flippers who post on this website will trot out the same old tired and illogical “If I made that kind of money I’d be thrilled” sort of arguments.

    However, you mean to tell me that a guy who is set to dominate the wildly popular sports league that generates a gajillion dollars per year, so much money that the incompetent corporate stooge of a commissioner makes an absurd $40mill a year…you mean to tell me that a guy who is set to dominate this league is going to spend the next 3 years making a paltry $2.5 mill a year?

  125. He’s half right. Playing the game is hard but attempting to say something even remotely intelligent or thoughtful is way too much risk for these guys to take on.

    Probably can’t chew gum and put on pads at the same time.

  126. jalmy8 says:
    May 18, 2015 12:31 PM

    I think I should get paid more too.

    -everyone else in this country.

  127. Sorry Giants fans, this guy is tearing an ACL. Madden + karma is too much to overcome for this idiot.

  128. One good catch and he’s an instant douche bag, cant wait for this dude to flame out. Very unlikable guy because he never shuts that big ignorant mouth

  129. Odell, if you play your cards right, you can make a billion dollars in endoresments. The NFL gives you free national exposure every Sunday. All you have to do is keep playing the way you’re playing. Oh, and one more thing, keep your mouth shut. Then you won’t have to worry about a few million. You can make a billion. Then you can buy your own NFL franchise and pay your own players all that extra money you’re talking about. Your argument will sound a lot better coming from an owner.

  130. Every athlete should work for minimum wage and then get a year end compensation package based on where they rank in their position. Specific objectives and measures and those who perform should earn more than those who don’t. And let’s provide incentives that allow voiding the final year of the rookie contract if someone leads the league two out of three years in their position.

    This will also make receivers want fraud QB’s like Ginger Rogers Griffin in Washington fired because his inept play costs receivers money.

  131. Not getting paid enough on your current job? Get another one, like anybody in the real world has to do. Go play basketball or baseball. You chose to be a football player and you knew the deal going in.

    Saying 10-plus million dollars is not enough to be paid for playing a game, makes you out to be an ignorant, entitled, elitist. Many of your fans won’t make that much in 35 or 40 years of working a JOB they hate. Your level of disconnect is incredible. You may turn out to be a great player, but this is one fan you’ve lost for good. Shut up!

  132. Odell deserves every nickel he can get. I will never make 10.4 million dollars, guaranteed or otherwise, but if I stay current on tetanus shots and don’t fall off a tall ladder, my job is fairly safe. His is not.

  133. I.adamonic says:
    May 18, 2015 7:31 PM
    Sorry Giants fans, this guy is tearing an ACL. Madden + karma is too much to overcome for this idiot.

    ———————————————————————————–it won’t happen but keep wishing classless clown. Stop crying because he wants to make more money just like EVERYONE else. Baseball players get paid more than nfl players.

  134. So he makes more money than a rocket scientist or a brain surgeon but he’s not as smart or contributes to society better, but that’s not enough. What’s wrong with that picture.

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