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Jerry Jones shares why Odell Beckham Jr has not signed yet

Jerry Jones at a press conference

Jul 26, 2022; Oxnard, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones at training camp press conference at the River Ridge Fields. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys have been open about their interest in signing Odell Beckham Jr., but the veteran wide receiver remains a free agent. Jerry Jones has some thoughts on why Beckham has not yet found a new team.

Jones has made it very clear that he wants to see Beckham in a Cowboys uniform. During his weekly appearance on 105.3 The Fan Tuesday, Jones was asked why Dallas has not worked out a deal with Beckham. He offered a somewhat muddled response about how OBJ is in a “rare” situation.

“In this particular case, start by asking, ‘Why is it that you’re able to sign him?'” Jones said. “Ask that question. Why? Well, because he’s not on a team. At this time of year? A player of that caliber? That’s rare. Trading is over. Well, it’s because we’re dealing with a situation where he is free. Free, but potentially very capable of helping a team right now win and play at a high level. That will tell you alone it is a rarefied set of circumstances, and those don’t just happen or this wouldn’t be possible.”

As is often the case with Jones, it is hard to sort through all of those words to see if he had a point. What it seems like he was saying is that there is a lot of interest in Beckham, which is why the three-time Pro Bowl receiver is taking his time making a decision. It is rare for a player who can make a real impact to be available as a free agent in November. The Cowboys are one of several teams that would like to sign OBJ.

The good news for Jones and the Cowboys is that their interest in Beckham appears to be mutual.

Odell Beckham files lawsuit against Nike

Odell Beckham Jr. in a blue jersey

Jan 17, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (3) reacts before a NFC Wild Card playoff football game against the Arizona Cardinals at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Odell Beckham Jr. has filed a lawsuit against Nike, claiming the company worked against him to try to prevent him from leaving the brand for more money.

According to TMZ Sports, the lawsuit alleges that Nike put together a contract designed to withhold millions from Beckham after he nearly left for Adidas in 2017. Nike allegedly used its right to match the contract with Adidas, but used fine print and technicalities to include extensions and extra payments that Beckham was unlikely to reach, thus making the contracts not truly equal.

Beckham alleges that Nike withheld the majority of a $2.6 million payment he was due in March 2022. The company apparently reasoned that Beckham altered their footwear and gloves without permission. Beckham says he did this because Nike failed to get him new cleats that matched with the colors of the Los Angeles Rams after he signed with the team. Beckham claims the brand’s shady dealings cost him as much as $20 million.

“Throughout our partnership, I have kept my promise and fulfilled my obligations to the brand. I am extremely disappointed that I’ve had to take these measures to ensure Nike fulfills their obligations and promises,” Beckham said in a statement.

This is not the first time Nike has had issues with a prominent athlete recently. In this case, the company will probably argue that Beckham should not have signed the contract if he did not like the fine print.

Von Miller makes notable claim about Odell Beckham recruitment

Von Miller at training camp

Jul 27, 2022; Pittsford, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills linebacker Von Miller (40) motions to the fans after a training camp session at St. John Fisher University. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Odell Beckham Jr. is the subject of quite a recruiting war among his peers, with Von Miller at the center of it. The Buffalo Bills pass-rusher seemingly revealed that he has been so involved in the recruitment that he’s been connecting the free agent wide receiver with the team’s brass.

In a recent interview with The Pivot Podcast, Miller claimed he had put Beckham on the phone with Buffalo GM Brandon Beane, which would seemingly confirm that the two sides have been in direct contact.

“I’ve been recruiting him. I’ve gave him the spiel. I’ve had him on the phone with the general manager,” Miller said of Beckham, via Ryan Talbot of NYUp.com. “Beane sees it the same way that I see it. The ball is in OBJ’s court. If he wants to come here, it’s because he wants to come here. He’s going to be happy because he made that choice for himself, and if he doesn’t, it’s all love. I’ll support him the same way I would if he’s here.”

Beckham is expected to pick a new home in the coming weeks as he makes his way back from an ACL injury. The Bills have been long-term suitors, though the Dallas Cowboys have been very vocal in recent days about trying to sign him. Assuming Miller is being honest, though, Beckham has talked directly to the Bills. We don’t know if that is true of any other team, so it may be a point in their favor.

Jerry Jones makes telling comment about Odell Beckham interest

Jerry Jones at a press conference

Jul 26, 2022; Oxnard, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones at training camp press conference at the River Ridge Fields. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys have telegraphed pretty clearly that they will be trying to sign Odell Beckham Jr. once the free agent wide receiver is ready to listen to their sales pitch. Owner Jerry Jones keeps confirming that, and the comparison he made Friday only drove that home.

Jones told 105.3 The Fan that he has heard the comments from Cowboys players encouraging the pursuit of Beckham. The owner compared it to his 1995 acquisition of Deion Sanders, when Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, and Michael Irvin all encouraged Jones to bring in the star cornerback, a move that ultimately led to a Super Bowl win.

“They said, ‘Jerry, get him!'” Jones said, via Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I love it, that the (current players) have that kind of perspective.”

Cowboys players have not been shy about wanting Beckham to join the team. That will probably only embolden Jones, who clearly sees the wide receiver as the sort of major addition that could propel the team toward a Super Bowl. The comments he made here only further confirm as much.

Even better news for Jones and the Cowboys is that the interest in Beckham appears to be mutual. At this point, they seem to just be waiting for the green light to make an offer.

Dak Prescott reveals stance on Odell Beckham Jr. rumors

Dak Prescott throws a pass in warmups

Sep 11, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) warms up before the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Odell Beckham Jr. has been repeatedly linked to the Dallas Cowboys over the past week or so, and it sounds like Dak Prescott would love a chance to throw to the star wide receiver.

Prescott was asked on Thursday about the possibility of Prescott signing with the Cowboys. Rather than avoiding the question, the quarterback seemed to make his pitch to OBJ. He said the thought of sharing the field with Beckham is “exciting.”

“Anytime you have a chance to add a talent like that and knowing Odell and knowing his resume, it’s exciting,” Prescott said. “But also understand it’s a business, and I’m sure there’s 31 other teams that would like to add him as well.”

CeeDee Lamb sounded even more enthusiastic about the idea.

“That’s my boy. I’m a fan of Odell. Why wouldn’t you want to add more firepower to the offense?” Lamb said.

It is no wonder why the Cowboys are viewed as the favorite to sign Beckham. Jerry Jones all but confirmed this week that the team is trying to add OBJ. For what it’s worth, Beckham has also dropped some hints that the interest in mutual.

Beckham had 27 catches for 305 yards and 5 touchdowns in 8 games with the Los Angeles Rams last season but suffered a torn ACL in the Super Bowl. He is expected to be fully cleared for football activities in the near future.

Odell Beckham Jr. appears to drop hint about where he wants to play

Odell Beckham on the field for warmups

Oct 21, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) warms up before the game between the Browns and the Denver Broncos at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys have made it clear that they have interest in signing Odell Beckham Jr., and it appears that interest is mutual.

Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons got in on the Beckham recruiting on Tuesday by responding to a tweet that asked if OBJ would be a good fit in Dallas. Parsons wrote, “Man obj talk to me!! @obj let’s do this s—!!! (edited by LBS for profanity). Beckham replied and pointed out that he has family in the Dallas area.

Beckham also mentioned how he wants to play for a winner. The Cowboys are 6-2 and one of the best teams in the NFC.

We know how quickly things can change in the NFL, but it is getting to a point where it would almost be a surprise if Beckham did not sign with the Cowboys. Head coach Mike McCarthy was asked about the rumors linking Beckham to Dallas this week, and he did not exactly downplay them. Team owner Jerry Jones then had some even more telling remarks about the same topic.

Jerry Jones has strong response to Odell Beckham Jr. rumors

Jerry Jones in sunglasses

Sep 19, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones before the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys are being mentioned more and more as a potential suitor for Odell Beckham Jr., and team owner Jerry Jones certainly seems interested in adding the veteran wide receiver.

During his weekly appearance on 105.3 The Fan Tuesday, Jones was asked about all the recent talk that the Cowboys could sign Beckham. He praised Beckham and said the star wideout would “look pretty good” in a Dallas helmet.

“Odell is someone that we have all the appreciation in the world for what he is as a competitor,” Jones said. “I know the Cowboys star on that helmet when he puts it on could look pretty good.”

There are a couple ways of looking at Jones’ remarks. The 80-year-old has always loved making flashy signings, so it would hardly be a surprise if he wanted OBJ in a Cowboys uniform. Jones also loves generating headlines. Even if the Cowboys did not have legitimate interest in Beckham, it would be right on brand for Jones to perpetuate the rumors.

Our guess is the interest is real. Oddsmakers seem to agree, as the Cowboys are now a slight gambling favorite over one other team to sign Beckham. Head coach Mike McCarthy was also asked about OBJ this week, and he did not exactly downplay the Beckham-to-Dallas rumors, either.

Beckham has been working his way back from a torn ACL he suffered in the Super Bowl. Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reports that he is expected to be fully cleared by doctors later this week. The 30-year-old likely wants to play for a contender, and the 6-2 Cowboys are one of the NFC’s best teams. It makes sense that they are viewed as the favorites to sign Beckham, and those odds will probably increase now.

Odds released for Odell Beckham Jr.’s next team

Odell Beckham Jr. in a blue jersey

Jan 17, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (3) reacts before a NFC Wild Card playoff football game against the Arizona Cardinals at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Odell Beckham Jr. sweepstakes are heating up.

Beckham is expected to be cleared to play by the end of the week, according to Jay Glazer. That means he is getting closer to signing with a team.

Beckham has been taking his time while rehabbing, patiently waiting to see how things play out. He wants to go to a contender and he is choosing wisely.

On Monday, SportsBetting.ag shared the odds for Beckham’s next team. The favorite is none other than the Dallas Cowboys.

Here are the odds:

Dallas Cowboys +250
Buffalo Bills +300
New York Giants +450
Green Bay Packers +600
Tampa Bay Bucs +800
Los Angeles Chargers +800
Los Angeles Rams +1000
Kansas City Chiefs +1200

This is no surprise considering the Cowboys have been reported as a contender to sign Beckham. Dallas is 6-2 and among the better teams in the NFC. Plus, Beckham has said that his family is full of Cowboys fans.

The Rams have been keeping a spot open for Beckham after he helped them win the Super Bowl last season, but their 3-5 record will likely be a deterrent. The bad turns the Packers and Buccaneers have taken with their records will likely also negatively impact their ability to acquire Beckham.

Beckham had 27 catches for 305 yards and 5 touchdowns in 8 games with the Rams last season but suffered a torn ACL in the Super Bowl.

Mike McCarthy addresses report linking Odell Beckham Jr. to Cowboys

Mike McCarthy on the sideline

Dec 19, 2021; East Rutherford, N.J., USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy looks on during the second half of their game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys were recently mentioned as potential suitors for Odell Beckham Jr., and head coach Mike McCarthy has all but confirmed that they are interested.

McCarthy was asked on Monday about the rumors linking Beckham to the Cowboys. He said he loves the team’s current receiver group and is focused solely on them, but he also admitted he is a “huge fan” of Beckham.

“I’ve always been a huge fan of his … I’ve just heard so many excellent, excellent things about him,” McCarthy told reporters.

Beckham is still making his way back from the torn ACL he suffered in the Super Bowl back in February. He is expected to sign with a team at some point in the next month or so. The 30-year-old almost certainly wants to play for a contender, and the 6-2 Cowboys are one of the NFC’s best teams. Jerry Jones is also known for flashy signings, so it would not be a surprise if he tried to lure OBJ to Dallas.

There are several teams that are said to have interest in Beckham, so the Cowboys should have plenty of competition if they pursue him.

Report: Odell Beckham attracting major interest from 1 NFC contender

Odell Beckham Jr. in a blue jersey

Jan 17, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (3) reacts before a NFC Wild Card playoff football game against the Arizona Cardinals at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

A new team may be emerging as one of the favorites to land wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. for the stretch run of the season.

The Dallas Cowboys are “expected to be in the mix” for Beckham in free agency, according to Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero of NFL Network. Dallas wants to add another receiver that can stretch the field, and clearly views Beckham as a possible fit for that role.

The Cowboys have not had any talks with Beckham’s agent, but have been checking in on his recovery from an ACL tear. The wide receiver is said to be seeking a multi-year contract and is likely to sign in early December.

Beckham has been linked to a lot of teams, but the Cowboys are being named as a serious contender for the first time. That may be because Beckham does want to sign with a playoff team, and the picture has somewhat shifted in which teams will be playing beyond the regular season and which might not be.

There are certainly other teams that think they may have the inside track on adding Beckham. However, the wide receiver certainly fits the bill for the Cowboys as the type of splashy, impact player Jerry Jones loves to add.