Next in line: 4 WRs set to get paid after Beckham Jr.

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Now that Odell Beckham Jr. got his, who's got next?

The New York Giants receiver inked a five-year extension worth $95 million on Monday. The deal follows a busy offseason for wideouts. Mike Evans, Brandin Cooks, Jarvis Landry, Stefon Diggs, Sammy Watkins, and Allen Robinson were all paid, handsomely.

OBJ's deal is unlikely to be exceeded in the near future, but there are a handful of receivers with expiring contracts who could feel the residual effects.

Here's who could be looking at a big payday in the future.

Michael Thomas

It's likely Thomas will land the most money of any receiver still in line for a new contract. He's put together back-to-back campaigns of more than 1,100 receiving yards and finished third in the league in catches in 2017.

Thomas has two seasons remaining on his rookie contract and the Saints can utilize the franchise tag to keep him in New Orleans longer.

Unless his production falls off a cliff, Thomas will be a very rich pass-catcher in a few years.

Amari Cooper

Cooper was predestined for greatness at the pro ranks, but after two 1,000-yard seasons to start his career, he finished with just 680 yards in 2017.

Cooper and the Raiders are poised for a bounce back this year. The offensive coaching staff has been overhauled and is now under the guidance of Jon Gruden.

If Gruden can help Cooper and quarterback Derek Carr rediscover their magic, the 24-year-old receiver will be in line to earn much more than the $13.9 million on his fifth-year option for 2019.

A.J. Green

Of the players on this list, Green is the only one to have made it to a second contract. He signed a $60-million extension with the Bengals in 2015, one that made him the highest-paid receiver in the game at the time.

Now, he doesn't even rank in the top 10 (he's 11th).

A.J. has two years - including the upcoming campaign - remaining on his contract. He's scheduled to hit free agency in 2020 when he'll be 32 years old.

Though a perennial Pro Bowler, Green has yet to earn an All-Pro nod in his career. He's still putting up 1,000-yard seasons and the touchdowns to boot, but in order to gain another lucrative contract, he'll need to lead a turnaround of the Bengals after two consecutive losing seasons.

Chris Hogan

Contract negotiations have reportedly begun between Hogan and the Patriots.

New England lured Hogan away from the Buffalo Bills in 2016. The 29-year-old has repaid the Pats by helping them to back-to-back Super Bowls.

Previously the third or fourth option in the Patriots' passing attack, Hogan is set for an even bigger role in what happens to be his contract year. Julian Edelman is suspended for the first four games of the year, which makes Hogan the No. 1 receiver for the time being.

Rob Gronkowski remains the focus of the passing offense, but if Hogan has another solid season, he'll likely break the bank.

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