“Honestly, I understand why he said that,” New York Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson said Tuesday to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. “And honestly, he should be, because the NFL makes a lot of money off of him.”
Beckham earned Pro Bowl honors in each of his three seasons and wants to be paid accordingly, with two years left on his contract.
“Why not? You can pretty much throw the ball anywhere in his direction and he’ll go catch it,” Richardson added. “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 is bothered by quarterbacks earning far more than other players, arguing that stars at other positions can make the same impact.
“There’s more than one position out there,” he said. “Yeah, is it tough to win without a quarterback? It’s tremendously hard to win without a quarterback. It really is. But, honestly, when you got receivers like that catching anything and everything, it’s not hard to get a quarterback to get them the ball. It really ain’t. … Why not pay him? I don’t understand why people downgrade every position except the quarterback position.”
Beckham is likely hoping Giants general manager Jerry Reese takes notice of Richardson’s comments and acts accordingly.
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