The Cowboys won the Beckham Bowl. Now Dallas must win the heart and mind of free agent wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
Per Pro Football Talk, FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer reports that the three-time Pro Bowl roster will visit the Cowboys on Monday, December 5.
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The Cowboys have been Beckham’s most vocal and visible recruiter. ESPN’s Ed Werder reported Thursday after the Cowboys’ 28-20 victory over the New York Giants that Dallas owner Jerry Jones had already spoken with Beckham.
#Cowboys owner/GM Jerry Jones said today he will meet UFA WR Odell Beckham Jr. has spoken. He wouldn’t characterize their conversation, saying he wasn’t sure Beckham will be healthy enough to play this season until he has more information about his recovery from ACL surgery.
The Cowboys, for their part, are pulling out all the stops to court Beckham, with the team’s website reporting that quarterback Dak Prescott personally pitched the receiver.
“Yes, I certainly have. … I definitely sent some messages. There’s been a bit of back and forth to make sure he understands that we want him here. … I don’t necessarily know what he’s looking for when it comes to the numbers and long term and stuff, but I know we want him here and I hope it all works out.
According to Prescott, Beckham’s interest in Big D is “mutual”, with the quarterback calling the wideout a “special” talent.
“Hopefully the recruitment process is going well. … He knows how much I want him here. And a lot of the guys in this locker room have reached out in different ways to make sure he understands that this is a team he can help. And we want him to come and help.”
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As for the Giants, they need all the help they can get with the receiver after losing Sterling Shepard and Wan’Dale Robinson tearing up ACLs and trading Kadarius Toney to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Shepard told the New York Daily News that he talks to Beckham “every day” and says his former teammate would “love” to return to the Giants.
“We don’t talk about it [his decision] too many. He clearly knows we want him here. He would like to be here. But for that to happen, everything has to run smoothly. There are a lot of intangibles that have to come into play before he can be here. And I understand that. This is a business and its business has to be good in order to do it.
Beckham’s decision may not just come down to the Giants and Cowboys. Per Josina Anderson of CBS Sports:
Once Beckham signs, the 30-year-old still has to prove he’s fully recovered from that torn ACL he suffered while playing for the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LVI.
ESPN’s Dan Graziano: “No one has seen him run, no one knows how healthy he is, no one knows what kind of contract he’s looking for… there’s a lot to work out before he gets to a team. Dallas’ interest could cool very quickly if something alarming physically turns up, or if Beckham asks for a million dollars a week. As for the Giants, yes, of course they can use it, but they are also realistic about their roster and where they stand.”
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