Jerry Jones had conversation with Odell Beckham on Thursday

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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wouldn’t confirm that the team has a Dec. 5 set up with free agent receiver Odell Beckham. But Jones did allow that he had a conversation with Beckham by phone on Thursday as the Cowboys’ recruitment of Beckham continues.

The Cowboys traded for Charles Haley in 1992, and the future Hall of Fame edge rusher became an important cog to the team’s three Super Bowls in four years. They added cornerback Deion Sanders in 1995, getting him to leave the 49ers and sign as a free agent with the Cowboys.

The Cowboys have tried to find that player that would put them over the top since then without success and remain wanting for another Super Bowl.

Could Beckham be that player for the 2022 Cowboys?

“Well, I don’t want to make comparisons,” Jones said when asked the question, “but Odell could help us. I believe that right now. Now, we’ve got to make it fit and that’s the challenge here.”

The Cowboys had six different players catch passes Thursday in the 28-20 victory over the Giants led by CeeDee Lamb‘s six for 106, prompting Jones to say he feels “good about our receiving corps period, right now.”

Beckham, if he’s healthy, would help the Cowboys.

“Well, I think Odell stands on his own as far as being able to be additive, and I believe that,” Jones said. “So we’ll approach it from that standpoint.”

The last time Beckham tore his anterior cruciate ligament, he needed 11 months to return. He tore this one in Super Bowl LVI on Feb. 13 and had surgery Feb. 22.

Beckham reportedly already has received medical clearance to return to football activities.

“We’ll see. We’ll have to see,” Jones said when asked about Beckham’s knee. “I haven’t gotten the benefit of his rehab work and where he is.”

Cornerback Brandon Carr was the last big-money free agent the Cowboys signed when they agreed to a five-year, $50.1 million deal with him on the first day of free agency in 2012. Defensive end Greg Hardy was the last name player the Cowboys added in free agency who created a buzz (for more than his play) when he signed a one-year, $11.3 million in 2015.

They have not committed big money to big-name free agents from other teams in recent years.

Von Miller is among the free agents the Cowboys have missed out on signing, because other teams outbid them.

Jones admitted that Beckham’s health and Beckham’s asking price both will play a part.

“I think just the general how we make this fit, and all of that,” Jones said. “Availability is huge, but the financial part of it is really huge too.”

15 responses to “Jerry Jones had conversation with Odell Beckham on Thursday

  1. I think the Cowboys are basically telling him it’s a 1 year prove it deal, and they have to approach him carefully about it so as not to offend him. If he wants 3 years, 20 million a year guaranteed, I’m telling him to forget it if I’m Dallas. We can role the dice with Lamb, Gallup, Pollard, Zeke, and 3 good TEs. If he legitimately wants to win a Superbowl this is his best bet with a team he would actually want to play for.

  2. Jerry Jones speaks with a very hard to understand version of the English language. He always says something that simply doesn’t make sense.

  3. Will he be additive to productivity? Learn a playbook for a few weeks? I’m not so sure. Anyone ask CD Lamb?

  4. Overrated!! Definitely not worth what he is going to ask for.
    So you are going to take balls away from Lamb and others just to sign OBJ!?!?!? Pollard and Lamb are the players on this team that will determine where they go in playoffs. Not some old busted up knee WR that is all hype

  5. Da Boys seem to be jukin pretty well with the receivers they have. If they lost one to injury I could see signing him plus he’s going to want top dollar. He’ll get a free lunch on the 5th but that’s about it…

  6. If as many teams are interested as people say you think the team would have to offer a multi-year deal. A guy with as many knee injuries as Odell has to think about his long term financial stability. Don’t give me the tired argument he has made enough, there is never enough and his agent is saying that in his ear. One more injury and your next deal is a league minimum one.

  7. If you could choose between catching balls from Dakota Prescott or Patrick Mahomes 2. What would you do? There’s a lot of talk but don’t be surprised if he ends up somewhere ( anywhere) else than with Jerrah

  8. They traded Cooper go because they didn’t want to pay $20 mill per season. This is dicier because of the knee history. I’d pass unless the price is right. He’ll want big bucks.

  9. They don’t need him, I don’t particularly want him but I know he’s going to the Cowboys. He’l have the highest profile on that team than anywhere else, no state taxes and the most endorsement money.

  10. As a Giants fan we would love OBJ but the Cowboys IMHO don’t need him as much as one would think. WE don’t have the money and will be lucky to get through 2023 with around 3M in cap space. Cowboys or jus Jerry love the attention, would not surprise me he goes to the highest bidder, 30 year old WR with both knee issues?

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