Odell Beckham Jr. is prepared to take matters into his own hands if a deal with the Giants can't be reached.
Does Odell Beckham Jr. deserve to be paid more? Almost certainly.
Will he get a deal done with the New York Giants before the regular season begins? No one can be sure.
And because of this uncertainty, Odell Beckham Jr. is reportedly taking steps to protect himself in the event of a catastrophic injury. According to Yahoo Sports, Beckham is interested in acquiring an insurance policy worth more than $100 million.
Per Yahoo Sports:
The sources said Beckham’s camp explored injury insurance prior to Monday night, when a scary hit left the player with a sprained ankle in a preseason game against the Cleveland Browns.
“[If a deal isn’t done] by the regular season, he’ll take steps to protect himself. [But] a new deal is preferable to adding insurance,” one source said.
Odell Beckham Jr. is currently the 65th highest-paid wide receiver in the NFL, and the 631st (!) highest-paid player in the league according to Spotrac. It's a great arrangement for the Giants, who are getting a generational wide receiver talent for mere pennies on the dollar, but for Beckham, it's a pretty raw deal.
After last night's injury scare, you have to think Beckham is heavily leaning toward purchasing the insurance.
Beckham is slated to make just $1.84 million this season. Antonio Brown—the NFL's highest-paid wideout—will make $17 million.