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#pounditTuesday, January 18, 2022

Von Miller: Odell Beckham should be highest-paid player in NFL history

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If Odell Beckham Jr. decides to have Von Miller represent him in the star wide receiver’s contract negotiations with the New York Giants, making progress could be quite difficult.

Questions about Beckham’s ability to stay healthy have become more valid in the wake of his season-ending ankle injury, but Miller does not think that should have any impact on OBJ’s contract situation. Over the summer, Miller said he believes Beckham deserves to be the highest-paid player in the NFL. The Denver Broncos linebacker reiterated that stance on Wednesday.

“Odell should be the highest-paid player ever in the National Football League,” Miller told reporters, via Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com. “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.

Beckham was hobbled by an ankle injury during the preseason that forced him to miss Week 1. He then suffered an ankle fracture in last week’s game and underwent season-ended surgery. Miller doesn’t think the Giants should be concerned about that.

“There’s no reason that he won’t come back and be the same type of player,” Miller added. “That’s just one of the guys that you invest in. When you get a guy like that, that’s the guy that you invest in, that you want to keep around for his whole career.”

Miller, who is close friends with Beckham, signed a six-year deal with the Broncos last year that included a record $70 million guaranteed. Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins signed a five-year deal this past offseason that included around $62 million guaranteed, so Beckham will likely use that contract as a baseline.

Beckham was reportedly considering taking out a massive insurance policy after injuring his ankle in the preseason, though it’s unknown if he ended up doing it.

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