Giants WR Odell Beckham wants to be NFL's highest-paid player

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham answers a question following NFL football practice, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) (Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

New York Giants star Odell Beckham Jr. wants to be the NFL’s highest-paid player at any position when his current contract expires at the end of the next season.

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“I believe that I will be hopefully not just the highest-paid receiver in the league, but the highest-paid, period,” Beckham said in a video interview with Uninterrupted on Thursday.

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Despite being one of the NFL’s most productive wide receivers in recent years, Beckham remains far outside the position’s upper echelon in terms of pay. He is set to earn $1.8 million for the upcoming 2017 NFL season and about $8.5 million for the 2018 season – the final year of his rookie contract with the Giants.

By comparison, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown, the league’s highest-paid receiver, earns an average of $17 million annually in his current contract. Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is the NFL’s highest-paid player ever after signing a contract worth $25 million annually earlier this offseason.

Beckham has made up for his comparatively small salary by establishing himself as one of the NFL’s most sought-after pitchmen away from the field. He will earn more than $10 million from endorsements in 2017, including $5.8 million from top sponsor Nike, according to ESPN.

Beckham recorded a career-high 101 catches for 1,367 yards and 10 touchdowns last season for the Giants.

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