“I believe that I will be, hopefully not just the highest-paid receiver in the league, but the highest paid. Period.” - Odell Beckham Jr.
I just want to be the first person to say congratulations to the New York Giants, or whatever other team decides to make Odell Beckham the highest paid player in the entire NFL. Having the #1 overall pick in the next three consecutive drafts after that ink dries should go a long, lonnnng way in a rebuilding whatever franchise commits salary cap suicide by allotting 26 million dollars a year to a wide receiver. I mean, doing so would all-but-guarantee that he would have a bargain basement quarterback throwing to him, but who better to be on the receiving end of wildly inaccurate throws from a well below average passer than the guy that loves nothing more than making unnecessary one handed catches?!?!
In all seriousness, I have no problem with professional athletes being irrationally confident in themselves, or doing whatever they can to max out their value in the limited earning window their extremely unpredictable profession provides them. With how badly he's outperformed his rookie deal, Odell Beckham Jr. should push for an asinine contract that ultimately handicaps the organization stupid enough to come anywhere close to meeting what are apparently absolutely laughable demands.
That said, he should probably realize why people consider him to be an egotistical, self involved camera whore when his view of his own worth is historically delusional. The narrative that Odell Beckham Jr. is detriment to his team by being a distraction is dramatically overblown, but his penchant for doing and saying the patently narcissistic sure fucking isn't. He definitely doesn't deserve to be criticized with literally every move he makes. However, I'll be damned if he doesn't make it easy to question how team-oriented he is when he implies that he wants nine million more per season than the most well compensated (not to mention, a more successful) player at his position. He very well may have been speaking facetiously but honestly, who the hell knows with the guy that would stop at nothing - not even third base while having sexual relations with a field goal net - to get people to pay him more attention, money, or anything else that satisfies his insecurities.