Free agent wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has visited the New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys and Buffalo Bills, but it sounds like the 30-year-old may not actually play at all in the regular season.
On Tuesday, David Moore of The Dallas Morning News reported that Beckham “is unlikely to play before the regular season is done.” So it appears as though the winner of the Beckham sweepstakes won’t get to see him until January at earliest.
There were plenty of reactions from social media following Moore’s report, including some calls for Dallas to add Beckham anyway.
Beckham suffered a torn ACL during the Los Angeles Rams’ Super Bowl 56 victory against the Cincinnati Bengals on Feb. 13. The 2014 first-round pick underwent surgery soon after, and it was widely known that he wouldn’t be ready until November or December at the earliest.
The three-time Pro Bowler proved to be a valuable addition for the Rams last season following his release from the Cleveland Browns. Beckham was an ideal complement to receiving yards leader and eventual Super Bowl 56 MVP Cooper Kupp, recording five touchdown receptions in just eight regular season games.
The Cowboys are sitting comfortably in the NFC’s top wild card slot at 9-3, but if there’s a weakness heading into the final stretch run, it’s a No. 2 receiver. CeeDee Lamb is having a superb season with 69 receptions for 928 yards and six touchdowns.
Noah Brown is second in receiving yards with 399, followed by tight end Dalton Schultz (343 yards). Michael Gallup, a former 1,000-yard receiver, has been limited as he continues to recover from surgery on a torn ACL.
We saw just how much of a difference Beckham can make for the Rams a year ago. Will the Cowboys end up deciding that the risk is worth the potential reward? We’ll soon find out.