Move over Patrick Mahomes, there is another guy in the league who is getting paid more money than you.
Back in December, it was announced that the Carolina Panthers offensive tackle would be getting half of his $13 million contract for 2020 in Bitcoin.
Okung made the decision at the right time as he know being considered the highest salaried NFL player today because of his decision.
“For instance, when BTC hit $44k, the half of his contract that is paid in BTC climbed to $10.59 million, at $56k+ his half turned into more than his entire quoted salary. As far as 2020 NFL salary stats are concerned, Okung has entered the top five position. However, the NFL has recently decided to cap the league’s salaries at $180 million and a ball player’s contract could change in 2021. Because the Carolina Panthers’ offensive tackle (OT) gets half of his salary in BTC, many proponents think of him as the highest-paid player in the NFL and not just ahead of the highest-paid OTs.
“You are the highest-paid player in the NFL,” an individual said to Okung recently on Twitter. “Simply by taking your salary in a different unit of value. Amazing. [It] will not be long before your peers catch on,” he added.”
“Money is more than currency; it’s power,” said Okung in a statement. “The way money is handled from creation to dissemination is part of that power. Getting paid in bitcoin is the first step of opting out of the corrupt, manipulated economy we all inhabit.”
The 32-year-old is the first NFL player to have a portion of his contract paid out in Bitcoin. Okung was traded to the Panthers from the Los Angeles Chargers in March.