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How Odell Beckham Jr.’s stats and salary stack up against other star NFL receivers

OBJ got paid on Monday as the Giants made it clear they want him in New York “until he’s 108.”

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Odell Beckham Jr.’s got money in the bank.

The Giants made their star wide receiver the highest paid skill player in the NFL on Monday with a five-year, $95 million deal, including $65 million guaranteed.

Beckham’s deal exceeds that of every other NFL receiver, no matter which way you look at it: total money, guaranteed money, yearly average, etc. Here’s how the deal compares to that of the NFL’s nine other highest paid (in total value) receivers.

(Data from Over The Cap)

NFL wide receiver salaries

Player Total Value ▾ Avg./Year Total Guaranteed Avg. Guar./Year
Player Total Value ▾ Avg./Year Total Guaranteed Avg. Guar./Year
Odell Beckham Jr.* $95,000,000 $19,000,000 $65,000,000 $13,000,000
Mike Evans $82,500,000 $16,500,000 $38,258,000 $7,651,600
DeAndre Hopkins $81,000,000 $16,200,000 $36,500,000 $7,300,000
Brandin Cooks $81,000,000 $16,200,000 $20,459,000 $4,091,800
Jarvis Landry $75,500,000 $15,100,000 $34,000,000 $6,800,000
Stefon Diggs $72,000,000 $14,400,000 $16,907,000 $3,381,400
Julio Jones $71,250,000 $14,250,000 $35,500,000 $7,100,000
Demaryius Thomas $70,000,000 $14,000,000 $35,000,000 $7,000,000
Antonio Brown $68,000,000 $17,000,000 $19,000,000 $4,750,000
TY Hilton $65,000,000 $13,000,000 $11,000,000 $2,200,000
A.J. Green $60,000,000 $15,000,000 $26,750,000 $6,687,500

And here’s how OBJ’s stats compare to that of those nine other players.

*We’re using Beckham’s 2016 stats as he missed the majority of last season due to ankle injuries. All other players’ stats below are from the 2017 NFL season.

NFL wide receiver stats

Player REC TAR YDS TD YDS/ game FUM First downs Games played
Player REC TAR YDS TD YDS/ game FUM First downs Games played
Odell Beckham Jr.* 101 169 1,367 10 85.4 2 65 16*
Mike Evans 71 135 1,001 5 66.7 1 55 15
DeAndre Hopkins 96 176 1,378 13 91.9 1 69 15
Brandin Cooks 65 114 1,082 7 67.6 0 42 16
Jarvis Landry 112 160 987 9 61.7 3 60 16
Stefon Diggs 64 95 849 8 60.6 0 42 14
Julio Jones 88 149 1,444 3 90.3 0 67 16
Demaryius Thomas 83 141 949 5 59.3 1 53 16
Antonio Brown 101 162 1,533 9 109.5 3 71 14
TY Hilton 57 108 966 4 60.4 2 38 16
A.J. Green 75 145 1,078 8 67.4 2 55 16

The numbers show Beckham is clearly one of the best receivers in the league. He has a quarterback who is able to get him the ball with high frequency, his hands are like glue, and he can create big plays with ease. In his first three seasons, Beckham netted more than 1,300 receiving yards, 10+ touchdowns and 90+ receptions each year. His injury-filled 2017 season aside, he’s been a reliable playmaker who makes the Giants’ offense tick.

If going by production and statistics, Beckham is deserving of being the highest paid receiver in the game.

Before his record-setting contract, OBJ set a ton of NFL records.

His records include:

  • most receptions through the first 15 games of an NFL career (110)
  • first rookie with 50+ receptions at home
  • fastest player to reach 100 career receptions (14 games)
  • youngest player in NFL history (22 years, 53 days) with multiple games having 10+ catches in a single season (4)
  • first player since 1967 with 30 receiving touchdowns in his first 35 games
  • only receiver with 3,000 receiving yards or more in his first 30 games (3,035)
  • only player in NFL history to reach 200 catches in 30 or less games
  • second most touchdowns by a wide receiver in his first two NFL seasons (since 1992)

Is that enough to prove he’s deserving of his new mega deal?

When considering the top 10 guys at any position, contract records just keep breaking as players hit or near free agency. The salary cap increases each year -- with no signs of slowing down -- and players continue to fight to make what they feel they’re worth. That’s what Cooks did earlier this year and why Jones demanded a restructured contract this offseason. The expectation was that Beckham’s contract would set new records and that’s exactly what happened. Whenever Aaron Donald signs an extension with the Rams (hey LA, we’re all waiting!), you can expect that deal to break all existing records for defensive linemen.

Beckham’s November 23, 2014 one-handed catch against the Cowboys on Sunday Night Football made him a household name, but it’s the consistency with which he’s played that’s netted him a record-breaking contract.


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