Jets DE Sheldon Richardson backs Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. in wanting to be the highest paid player in the NFL, per NY Daily News' Manish Mehta.
Beckham has been getting backlash for stating he wishes to be the highest paid player some day. However, Richardson thinks he should based off of what he does for the league itself.
"Honestly, I understand why he said that," Richardson said. "And honestly, he should be, because the NFL makes a lot of money off of him."
"Why not? You can pretty much throw the ball anywhere in his direction and he'll go catch it. It all depends on your team, bro. If this guy's the guy that's getting it done day in and day out, he should be the highest [paid]. Then you include the entertainment value that he brings to the Giants and football in general. You sell a lot of T-shirts and jerseys off his name, so why not? The dude is a superstar. There's no doubting that at all."
Richardson believes that the quarterback position, which has cashed in the most since the implementation of the salary cap, is focused on too much when dishing out new contracts. Oakland's Derek Carr was just issued a five-year, $125 million extension that will pay him $25 million annually.
"Why only pay a quarterback $25 million a year?" Richardson said. "Do you know how many ass quarterbacks there are in this league? It's a lot. Bad quarterbacks. It's a lot. It's a lot. So, if there are more bad quarterbacks getting paid, then why not pay great receivers?"
The highest paid receiver this season is the Steelers' Antonio Brown, who will make $17 million.
Richardson is set to make $8.1 million as the Jets picked up his fifth-year option for this season.