Former Pro Bowl wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. remains a free agent, and there certainly won’t be a shortage of teams interested in his services.
Beckham is still recovering from surgery on a torn ACL that he suffered in the Los Angeles Rams’ Super Bowl 56 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.
ESPN’s Dan Graziano heard from two league executives that mid-December is now “the realistic time frame” for Beckham to return to action. Once he’s cleared to return, could the Dallas Cowboys have interest in signing the former Ram?
Dallas owner Jerry Jones was asked about potentially having interested in Beckham, but he was very careful with his words, via Mike Fisher of Cowboys Country for Sports Illustrated:
“Well, I couldn’t say that. I think you can get in a little water with that one.”
Though the Cowboys are sitting in a good position at 5-2, they could certainly use help at wide receiver. CeeDee Lamb leads the team with 479 receiving yards, and Noah Brown is second with 339.
Dalton Schultz, coming off a breakout season, has played below expectations with 14 catches for 129 yards and zero touchdowns. And in four games, the recently-extended Michael Gallup has just eight receptions for 86 yards and one touchdown.
The Dallas offense was a lot more prolific in 2021 when Dak Prescott had three quality receivers in Lamb, Gallup and Amari Cooper. But the latter was traded to the Cleveland Browns in a cost-cutting move earlier this offseason, and Dallas’ tough cap situation prevented them from making a big splash.
Beckham was released by the Browns in the midst of the 2021 season, but he instantly found success in the Rams offense. He caught five touchdowns in eight regular season games and was even better in the postseason, recording 21 receptions for 288 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Dallas could certainly use a playmaker of Beckham’s caliber, but again, there is going to be intense competition for his services.