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These 3 Breakout Wide Receivers Make Less than Half as Much Money Combined as Odell Beckham Jr.

Tristan Jung
The Cleveland Browns are giving Odell Beckham Jr. $14 million next year.
The Cleveland Browns are giving Odell Beckham Jr. $14 million next year. / Jason Miller/Getty Images

Odell Beckham Jr. is currently the third-highest paid wide receiver in the NFL. However, many Cleveland Browns fans will be wondering if his five-year, $80 million deal continues to justify itself after a relatively unimpressive 2019 by his standards.

Although Beckham Jr. had just four touchdowns and failed to eclipse his receiving yardage from 2018 despite starting three more games. It's worth noting that three young wide receivers, Chris Godwin ($2.3 million), D.J. Chark ($1.2 million), and D.K. Metcalf ($1 million), are all set to make roughly a combined $12.1 million next year, a full $1.9 million less than Beckham Jr.'s $14 million salary.

All three were just as productive as Beckham Jr. last season in their own right. Chris Godwin had a breakout season for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, tallying 1,333 receiving yards and 9 touchdowns. He'll get to spend next year with Tom Brady under center and should get a great deal in free agency in 2021.

D.J. Chark's sophomore season was a bright spot for the Jacksonville Jaguars, as he established himself as a high-quality deep threat and scored 8 touchdowns despite a lackluster offense around him. Chark, like Beckham Jr., is an LSU grad and could be headed for a similar career arc to Beckham Jr.

Lastly, D.K. Metcalf impressed in his rookie year with 900 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns for the Seattle Seahawks. He fell to the late second round in the 2019 NFL Draft, but he had the best season of any rookie in his class.

While these receivers don't have the reputation of Beckham Jr., the fact that all three combined are making less than the Browns' star wideout is telling. The Browns have $44 million in cap space tied to Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, and Jarvis Landry, and that has caused many of the depth issues that sent them to a 6-10 record in 2019.

The dual trades with the New York Giants for Beckham Jr. and Olivier Vernon did get the Browns some much-needed star power, but it may be already starting to hurt their long-term future. Meanwhile, the teams with dynamic, young wide receivers on great contracts will be happy to reap the benefits for the next few years.

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