No deal, but Cowboys, Odell Beckham Jr. vow to keep talking

Dec 5, 2022; Dallas, Texas, USA; (from left) Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons (white hat) and wide receiver free agent Odell Beckham Jr. (black jacket) and cornerback Trevon Diggs (white hat) pose for a photo after the game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Phoenix Suns at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Odell Beckham Jr. ended his multi-day visit with the Dallas Cowboys without a contract on Tuesday.

ESPN reported the Cowboys doubt Beckham is completely recovered from the torn left ACL he sustained in the Super Bowl after the 30-year-old wide receiver met with team physicians on Monday. According to the report, the concern is specific to when Beckham might be available to play before mid-January, or even until the 2023 season.

On his weekly radio show with 105.3 FM in Dallas, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he is “not confident at all” about signing Beckham until he sees him work out.

Beckham was at the team facility Monday, then spent Monday night with linebacker Micah Parsons and cornerback Trevon Diggs at the Dallas Mavericks game using Jones’ courtside seats. He was scheduled to meet with quarterback Dak Prescott on Tuesday. Prescott has been openly lobbying for the Cowboys to sign Beckham.

Jones said he “enjoyed every minute” the team has had with Beckham so far and promised to keep the dialogue with him active. Beckham also met with the Buffalo Bills and New York Giants.

“Now, we all realize that issue of health, that issue of availability is here every time. Just this one is very obvious and very pointed toward his injury that occurred last year in the Super Bowl. We got a good bead on that,” Jones said. “We got a great read on his career. It’s not like a draft pick coming at you. You got a lot of history here and you can take a good look at, not only the obvious and that’s his performance, but also any issues regarding health. So, all of this we got to come in with our eyes wide open and it has to be addressed, and that’s when you can see if you can make a deal or not.”

A three-time Pro Bowler, Beckham has 531 career catches for 7,367 yards and 56 touchdowns in 96 games with the Giants (2014-18), Cleveland Browns (2019-21) and Rams (2021).

–Field Level Media

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