For weeks, or better yet months, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has been sounding as if he was going to sign free agent wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr for the team’s playoff run. But with Beckham still unable and reluctant to work out for teams, questions about his health have lingered. Beckham’s physical didn’t reveal any positive news, therefore causing Jones to turn down the volume on a deal for the talented but mercurial pass catcher from LSU.
In fact, Jones’ latest statement reeked of “this isn’t happening until at least March 2023.”
“It’s not realistic to think about having him in any meaningful way for the playoffs. That’s not dismissing signing Beckham in the future, but it is dismissing, for the most part, the reality of him getting in here and helping us in the playoffs.”
Jones is basically saying OBJ joining the Cowboys before March is dead.
The #Cowboys signing of TY Hilton didn’t spell the end of their flirtation with Odell Beckham Jr. In fact, Jerry Jones made a run at signing OBJ after they signed Hilton, trying to lock in both.
My story: https://t.co/4zIsm8ZU0x
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 18, 2022
Jones Changes Tune On Beckham
At one point, Jones seemed sure that he and Beckham would come to an agreement on a deal. That changed last week during Jones’ weekly radio appearance on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas.
“As of this morning we don’t have anything,” Jones said. “Every day diminishes our chances of going forward.”
Those remarks came on the heels of Jones telling Jarrett Bell of USA Today something totally different a few days earlier.
“There’s a good chance he will, with the complete goal of getting ready for a playoff game or two, and then I’ll look to the future. But most of it being about now.”
Did Signing Of T.Y. Hilton End Odell Beckham To Dallas Rumors?
Another indication that Beckham Jr. to Dallas is a pipe dream at this point, was the signing of longtime NFL veteran T.Y. Hilton in the spot that OBJ was to assume.
Jerry Jones told USA Today that OBJ will join the Cowboys 👀
“Odell’s going to join us” pic.twitter.com/nsg3cyHFAu
— Sportsville (@Sportsville_) December 16, 2022
Why Didn’t Dallas Cowboys Sign OBJ?
OBJ’s ACL injury occurred during last year’s Super Bowl, and he just isn’t ready to step on the gridiron and perform. He did all the courting and visiting but he won’t be able to help a team until March 2023 at the earliest.
But from the sound of it, OBJ is still unsure about where he will play and if he’ll play at all.
“I haven’t made the decision. I’m not saying I couldn’t step in and play in the regular season, but I don’t see the point. I really don’t. I’d rather play when that pressure’s on.”
Do Cowboys Need Odell Beckham Jr. To Win Super Bowl?
The Cowboys are 11-4 and just beat the Eagles in a memorable 40-34 Christmas Eve battle. In that game quarterback Dak Prescott became the first to pass for more than 250 yards against them going for 347.
3rd and 30 whaaaat
Ty Hilton first catch with Cowboys
Nick Sirianni, when they were together in Indianapolis, said he was one of the best big play receivers in the NFL
— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) December 24, 2022
Cowboys receivers also went for 21 receptions for 274 yards and three touchdowns. Having OBJ would’ve been a nice insurance policy, but the Cowboys don’t need him to be successful in the postseason.