Sammy Watkins is the latest NFL star to suggest he and his peers are underpaid.
He expects to be part of the group that changes that.
Watkins weighed in Sunday morning:
He went on to say he is bothered by the fact the NFL generates more revenue than the NBA, but its biggest stars earn less:
While things aren’t necessarily as simple as Watkins is suggesting (there are 53 players to pay on an NFL roster compared to only 15 on an NBA roster), it’s easy to see why players like Watkins feel underpaid. The 24-year-old is due to make just over $3 million this season, the final year of his rookie deal.
The Buffalo Bills declined the fifth-year option in Watkins’ contract earlier this offseason, largely because he can’t seem to stay healthy, which means he’ll will be an unrestricted free agent after the 2017 campaign.
Though many of Watkins’ first-round peers from the 2014 draft have had their fifth-year options exercised and won’t hit free agency until 2019 (including Odell Beckham Jr. and Mike Evans), Watkins apparently believes this cohort will ultimately be paid more in line with what he feels NFL players are worth.
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