Whether you’re the type of NFL fan who finds him endearing, or annoying, Odell Beckham Jr. always seems to be at the center of attention. His endzone goof-offs and off-season antics only serve to put a big red line under his immense offensive value to the NFL. And that translates to big money.
How much money are we talking? Considering he once spent $2 million on a watch only to wear it in the least hospitable environment for an expensive timepiece, it isn’t some paltry sum. Read on to find out how Beckham Jr. makes his money, how he spends it, and whether he’ll be cashing any fresh NFL checks at all in 2020.
Odell Beckham Jr.’s headline-grabbing run in the NFL so far
Beckham Jr. made such an impact as Louisiana State University’s top wide receiver that the New York Giants used their first-round, 12th overall pick on him in the 2014 draft. He cut a figure there most reminiscent of none other than the great Jerry Rice. His top moment: A reality-bending one-handed completion.
In 2016, he became the fastest player to reach 200 career receptions and 4,000 receiving yards, Essentially Sports reports. The three-time Pro Bowl pick clearly outgrew what the Giants could possibly pay him as a free agent, leading to his trade to the Cleveland Browns. There, he was meant to shore up a much-hyped offense led by quarterback Baker Mayfield.
Mayfield hasn’t quite hit expectations yet, and Beckham Jr. spent much of 2019 slowed by injuries. He hasn’t figured out how to vibe with Mayfield so far, leading to a noted increase in drops, Pro Football Reference reports. Still, a banged-up OBJ remains a threat, and if he comes out healthy in 2020 there’s no reason to think he won’t look like his old Giants-era self.
What is Odell Beckham Jr.’s net worth?
The Giants’ loss was the Browns’ huge gain, but it came at a big cost. Beckham leaped from just under $1.5 million in 2018, to $14 million as a free agent with Cleveland in 2019. He’ll continue taking on about that much, with the opportunity for more via incentives, through 2023.
FanBuzz estimates that OBJ’s net worth is around $25 million as of 2019. A chunk of that includes endorsements with EA Sports and Nike, the latter of which was the biggest endorsement deal in NFL history. If he meets all his incentives with Nike alone over the eight-year deal, it’ll add up to a cool $84 million.
Beckham Jr. loves to spend on fashion, including the aforementioned ultra-expensive watch. But it isn’t all about leisure and fashion for the future Hall of Famer. He’s also setting aside significant sums into long-term ventures, preparing for his life after the NFL.
That includes following Kevin Durant as a major investor in esports. He’s betting on the management end of things seeing big growth, becoming a partner with player representation firm Vision Esports.
A look ahead in 2020
All this accounting of OBJ’s wealth could take a turn, depending on how the NFL handles the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, the New Orleans native is wary of both the government and the NFL’s approach to the necessary safety protocols. Despite his concerns, he suited up for week 1 this season.
Despite a lackluster performance, the Browns were matched up against one of the best teams in the NFL. Odell Beckham Jr. will have to use the rest of the season to prove he is worth all of the money the Browns have invested in him.