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Do the Cowboys really need Odell Beckham Jr?

WR is set to begin his visits with the NFL teams this week that are in the hunt for his services. After visiting first with the , Beckham is set to visit the Cowboys next Monday, December 5th.

For what seems like an eternity, the Cowboys have been on their public recruiting campaign to sway Odell Beckham Jr. to come to Dallas. On Monday, Cowboys HC Mike McCarthy reiterated the teams' interest in Beckham, noting that the team is moving “full steam ahead” with hopes to get a deal done.

In all honesty, the Cowboys do not need Beckham — but they should do everything they can to sign him.

Despite being 30 years old and coming off his second ACL tear, Beckham proved to the NFL that he is still an elite , when last year he helped elevate the to the and was on his way to being the Super Bowl before being injured in the second quarter.

The Cowboys need a wide receiver, and they have needed one since they chose to WR to the for a fifth-round pick. The issue isn’t that the Cowboys traded Cooper, it was the fact that they did nothing to replace the talent that Cooper has. The Cowboys tried making some moves at the wide receiver position by drafting WR in the of the 2022 and signed WR James Washington, formerly of the . Neither of those options has worked out particularly well for the Cowboys.

For a team that hasn’t made splashy moves in in quite some time, this whole recruiting campaign for Odell Beckham Jr. has been incredibly exciting for . We have seen Cowboys players such as Dak Prescott, , , and even speak publicly about their support for Beckham to join the team. You’ll not often find locker room leaders openly embracing a free agent.

Regardless of CeeDee Lamb being second in the NFC in receiving yards, the Cowboys are going to need more firepower as the approach. Since Dak Prescott’s return in week 7, there has been multiple instances of miscommunication between Prescott and his receivers that have lead to interceptions, receivers dropping balls and even struggling to get open against higher-skilled . We know the level of competition the Cowboys will be up against in January and having an elite route runner and playmaker such as Odell Beckham Jr. could make the Cowboys unstoppable.

Repeating history?

Last year, the Los Angeles Rams went out and signed QB , DE , and WR Odell Beckham Jr. to help them win a Super Bowl. The year before that, the went out and signed QB and TE to help them win the Super Bowl. You can go back even further to see that each team that has won the Super Bowl in recent memory, went out and added a valuable piece via a trade or free agency.

Can the Cowboys follow , and potentially reach the Super Bowl for the first time since 1995 by Odell Beckham Jr.? Could Beckham be the missing piece to this team to help put them over the ? Only time will tell, as all eyes will be on the Cowboys on December 5th when Beckham arrives at .

Christian Cline
Christian Cline
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Please, no.


I’m with you Sam. First, they don’t need him, second J Washington is on the way, and third he may be a distraction. Example, he just recently made a plane ready to take off and full of passengers, go back to the gate b/c he didn’t want to put on his seat belt, by pretending to be “sleeping”. Unreal!

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