ARLINGTON, Texas — Let the Odell Beckham Jr. watch begin.
The freelance receiver will visit the Dallas Cowboys, his third team last week, Monday and Tuesday at the Star in Frisco, Texas, where he will undergo a medical and meet with owners, coaches and players. He is scheduled to meet with the team’s board of directors, a group of 11 Cowboys players from various positional groups, on Tuesday.
“I would normally say anytime you can create an affirmative commitment, a belief, I think that’s a good thing, yeah,” owner and general manager Jerry Jones said. “In a company that has a lot of psychology, I think that’s the case. I don’t think it’s necessary for us to be successful with this team and in the playoffs, but it would be positive. I want I want it to work. But that means I’m going to try to make it work. So I’m going to look for reasons to do it, not reasons not to do it.
The first part of the visit is to check on Beckham’s health. He suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Super Bowl LVI. Although he is believed to be in good health, he did not work for the New York Giants or the Buffalo Bills. Jones wouldn’t get into what the Cowboys would ask Beckham.
“We definitely want to see something that gives us every chance to have a great year this year with him,” Jones said.
The next part would be to work out a contract. According to NFLPA numbers, the Cowboys have $6.3 million in salary cap space. They can always create more space by restructuring contracts if necessary. Making a multi-year deal work would be tricky. Although the 2023 salary cap hasn’t been set, the Cowboys have already committed $213 million to 41 contracted players, according to Roster Management.
The Cowboys have 19 players who will become unrestricted free agents at the end of the season, including Tony Pollard, Dalton Schultz, Leighton Vander Esch and Donovan Wilson.
“We know where we are at next year’s cap and next year’s cap,” said executive vice president Stephen Jones. “It’s just a question of where he stands.”
If he fits contractually, the question is how he fits into the offense.
Over the past six weeks, the Cowboys’ offense has been among the best in the NFL, scoring 28 touchdowns. CeeDee Lamb has had two 100-yard games in the past month and caught four passes for 86 yards and a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday night. Michael Gallup had his first two-touchdown game of the season on Sunday, and three Cowboys running backs scored touchdowns against the Colts: Pollard, Ezekiel Elliott and Malik Davis.
Why should Beckham join the Cowboys?
“I mean we’re winning, look at us,” Lamb said. I mean, put yourself in this offense and kind of imagine it. We distribute the ball very well and I’m sure he would love that. I am on.”
The last big receiver the Cowboys added during the season was Amari Cooper in a trade from the Raiders in 2018. Cooper had six touchdowns and two games with at least 180 yards after joining Dallas.
Dak Prescott thinks getting up to speed wouldn’t be a problem for Beckham and the Cowboys.
“When you make a trade for a guy like that, you know how talented he is and they accelerate that because of their talent for creating space, being very decisive with their body language,” Prescott said. “And then just for us, it’s just about communicating with each other.”
The Cowboys did not hesitate to want to add Beckham.
“We try to be as good as possible in every aspect,” Prescott said. “And obviously at the end of the year with what we have coming up right in our schedule, and then obviously making a run at the Super Bowl, you want to make sure you have as many guns as possible. You want to make sure fully loaded in all directions and I’m just planning for the future.”