Jerry Jones just now on Odell Beckham Jr.: “We’re still working on it.”
In case you missed it — On Tuesday, ESPN’s Ed Werder reported that the Cowboys have ‘concerns’ after Odell Beckham’s physical that his recovery is not far enough along that will allow him to step on the field this year, and there is a possibility that signing Beckham to the roster wouldn't have any real benefit until the 2023 season.
The Cowboys have made it clear since they expressed their desire on adding Odell Beckham Jr. to their roster, that they want Beckham for this year. Dallas is all-in on making a deep playoff run this year, and they believe Beckham could be the missing piece they need to help elevate their team to winning a championship.
Yesterday, NFL Insider Ian Rapoport said during his appearance on 105.3 The Fan, that he believes the Cowboys may still be an option for Odell Beckham Jr.
“I know there were some reports yesterday, but I haven’t gotten the sense the Cowboys have cooled at all. And I think the other teams are probably on the same page. I think everyone believes that it’s going to be late in the regular season and into the playoffs when you’re going to get a contribution from Odell Beckham.”
Rapoport continued, stating that “he wouldn’t be surprised” if Odell Beckham made a decision as soon as this week.
If Odell Beckham indeed makes a decision this week, it might be a strong indication that he can be ready for a playoff run with whichever team he chooses to sign with. The Cowboys would ideally like Beckham to be signed and in the building as soon as next week, so he can be working with the rehab group and acclimating with the offense in time for January.
Dallas ranks 24th overall in the NFL in wide receiver production. WR CeeDee Lamb has had an outstanding year but has yet to reach 1,000 yards on the season. The next leading wide receiver on the Cowboys’ roster is Noah Brown, who has just 399 yards this year. This doesn’t reflect the ‘need’ for Odell Beckham, but the point remains that the Cowboys traded away WR Amari Cooper in the offseason and did not make any impactful moves that could replace the talent that Cooper brought to this team.
At the end of the day, only Odell Beckham knows where he truly wants to go, and it seems like the Cowboys may still be one of the favorites to land him.