Odell Beckham Jr. Joining the Dallas Cowboys Just Makes Too Much Sense
Unlike most contenders, the Cowboys have the cap space ($6.9 million) to ink the in-demand receiver
Expected to be fully cleared to play this week after suffering a torn ACL in Super Bowl LVI as a member of the Los Angeles Rams, Odell Beckham Jr. could make his return to the football field as a member of whatever team he wants as he’s a free agent and there will be no shortage of suitors for the three-time Pro Bowler’s services once he’s ready. But there’s really only one NFL team that Beckham should suit up for, and it’s the Dallas Cowboys.
A former Giant and Brown as well as a Ram, Beckham has been a Cowboy killer throughout his career when healthy and has amassed 40 catches for 558 yards and seven touchdowns in eight games against Dallas with New York and Cleveland. Owner Jerry Jones is well aware of what Beckham has done to his defenses throughout the years and sounded very open to the idea of making his old enemy his new friend during an interview on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas on Tuesday.
“Odell is someone that we have all the appreciation in the world for what he is as a competitor,” Jones, who is also the team’s general manager, told the station. “I know the Cowboys star on that helmet when he puts it on could look pretty good.”
He continued: “We should be aware that he’s coming off this [knee] injury, but he showed he can do it, and do it well last year. So that would go in the mix real good. His past dealing with adversity of injury rehab, I think that tells you a lot…. I think a veteran player, such as Odell, my experience has been when we’ve brought a veteran player in, they hit the ground running in terms of being able to compete.
Beckham would be a welcome addition to a passing offense that is currently ranked 25th in the NFL and has not had a receiver have a 100-yard game yet this season. That offense operated for a large part of the season with backup Cooper Rush running things as starter Dak Prescott was out with a fractured right thumb. Prescott is back now and the Cowboys, who have one of the league’s top defenses and a solid running game led by Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard, are in prime position to make a playoff push at 6-2 in a flawed NFC.
Beckham, who has said he wants to go to a contender and have a chance to compete for multiple Super Bowls as his career winds down, could be a proponent of that push if Dallas is able to meet his asking price. Fortunately for the Cowboys, they are one of the few contenders with cap space ($6.9 million) and could come much closer to giving the 30-year-old what he wants than other Super Bowl candidates like the Bills (under $1 million), Giants ($2.4 million), Ravens ($3.1 million), Bucs ($3.4 million), and Rams ($4.2 million).
Given how much Jones loves his former NFC East rival and that Dallas has copious cap space, a star like Beckham with the Cowboys star on his helmet almost makes too much sense for it not to happen. Just ask Vegas.
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