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Odell Beckham Jr goes on Twitter rant over leaked airplane video

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

Video footage was released this week of the incident in which Odell Beckham Jr. was kicked off an airplane in Miami, and the star wide receiver is still offering no apologies.

Body camera footage from police officers shows some of what led to Beckham and other passengers being forced to deplane from a flight that was headed from Miami to Los Angeles on Nov. 27. One of the videos, which was obtained by WPLG Local 10 News in Florida, showed an officer telling Beckham that flight attendants wanted him removed from the plane and that all passengers would have to deplane if he refused. Beckham responded “that’s fine.”

A longer segment of body camera footage provided more context. Officers and fire/rescue personnel spoke with Beckham and made sure he knew his whereabouts after flight attendants told officials they repeatedly tried to wake OBJ up and he was unresponsive. The flight crew claimed Beckham had no pants on at one point and would not follow orders.

Toward the end of the video, Beckham got into a verbal altercation with a fellow passenger who was unhappy that everyone had to deplane. OBJ told the other passenger that Beckham would be on a private plane within 45 minutes. He also called the man “fat a–” and told him to “enjoy the cheese board on the way home.”

Beckham, who previously called it “comedy” that he was kicked off the plane, went on a Twitter rant Thursday about the body camera footage.

Beckham also did not back down from the insults he hurled at the other passenger.

Beckham clearly still feels he should not have been kicked off the flight. The alleged exchange he had with the flight crew was not captured on video, so all we can go by is their word against his for that portion.

There were reports that Beckham was on the verge of signing with a team several weeks ago, but he will now head into the offseason as a free agent.

Odell Beckham Jr. on verge of signing with NFC team?

Odell Beckham Jr with his mouth open

Jan 13, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; LSU Tigers former player Odell Beckham, Jr. in attendance before the College Football Playoff national championship game against the Clemson Tigers at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

There have been some rumblings recently that Odell Beckham Jr. will not sign with a team until 2023, but the star wide receiver may not have to wait that long.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told Jarrett Bell of USA Today on Thursday that he expects Beckham to sign with the team in the near future.

“Odell’s going to join us,” Jones said. “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.”

Jones said the deal could be made official at some point after the Cowboys’ game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

“The great ones, the extraordinary ones, have an ability to make a play or two in game that can be the difference in a world championship or not,” Jones said. “It’s kind of against the principles of all the practices, the repetition that you do for football. It’s against that. But the reality is, it happens. That’s been my motivation.”

The Cowboys signed veteran receiver TY Hilton this week. Many thought that would take them out of the Beckham sweepstakes. There have been reports that teams are concerned about Beckham’s surgically repaired knee.

Beckham seemed to make it clear recently that he does not want to play in regular-season games. Jones is obviously fine with that.

Beckham visited with several teams before the interest in him died down a bit. It will be interesting to see what his Cowboys contract looks like if a deal is finalized.

Jerry Jones hints at stance on Odell Beckham Jr

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 signed veteran wide receiver TY Hilton earlier this week, which led many to conclude that they have bowed out of the Odell Beckham Jr. sweepstakes. Jerry Jones clearly does not want the buzz to die down, however.

Jones was asked at the NFL owners’ meetings on Tuesday about the possibility of the Cowboys signing Beckham. He hinted that it could still happen.

Jones then indicated that he has not closed the door on OBJ being able to help the Cowboys this season.

“Great players make great plays. Great ones make exceptional plays,” Jones said. “And so I hope we advance here where a handful of great plays, if I may be arm waving about it, could be the difference in a world championship.”

Was that Jones’ way of saying he would be open to Beckham joining the Cowboys and only contributing in the postseason? Beckham seemed to make it clear recently that he has no interest in playing before that, anyway.

Jones publicly recruited Beckham for weeks before the situation took a turn. OBJ visited with the Cowboys, and there were concerns about his surgically repaired knee after he underwent a physical. The interest in the Pro Bowl receiver has since died down.

Keep in mind that Jones loves generating headlines. Even if the Cowboys had moved on from signing Beckham this season, he would never admit it.

It is looking less and less likely that Beckham will sign with a team this season.

Odell Beckham Jr. could have change of plans?

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 met with several teams in recent weeks, and it appeared he was getting closer to signing with a contender for the stretch run. That may no longer be the plan.

ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported on Tuesday that there is a belief among NFL teams that Beckham will sit out the entire 2022 season. One executive told Fowler that he expects OBJ to “be the prize” of the upcoming free-agent class rather than joining a team this late in the year.

Josina Anderson of USA Today had a similar report on Tuesday evening:

Beckham has had visits with the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants and Buffalo Bills. He did not run routes for any of the teams, and there have been growing concerns about whether he is fully recovered from the torn ACL he suffered in the Super Bowl.

Jerry Jones was openly recruiting Beckham every chance he got at one point, but the Cowboys owner’s tune changed after Beckham underwent a physical.

Judging by some recent comments he made, it sounds like Beckham has no intention of playing in the regular season this year. Jones has emphasized how important it would be for OBJ to contribute this season if the Cowboys signed him. Dallas has since added another former Pro Bowl wide receiver to their roster.

It is unrealistic to think Beckham would be able to step onto the field for the first time in a playoff game and make a meaningful contribution. Teams were obviously more interested in him when they believed he was a lot closer to playing than he actually is.

Odell Beckham Jr. explains why he wouldn’t play this regular season

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

Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is back in Arizona after making several free agent visits in recent weeks. He’s said to be deciding between the New York Giants, Buffalo Bills and Dallas Cowboys, but nothing has been finalized to date.

And it may not be for quite some time.

Beckham refused to work out for any of the three teams during his visits and concerns about his health have arisen. OBJ is just 10 months removed from an ACL tear and although cleared, likely won’t be able to step onto the field until mid-January. That has given some of the teams pause.

But Beckham doesn’t quite understand it. In his mind, there’s no point in returning during the regular season. Rather, he has his sights set on the playoffs.

“I haven’t made the decision,” Beckham said during a Thursday night appearance on ‘The Shop.’ “I would like to be in a stable environment. Get up at 6 a.m., leave at 6 p.m. for four weeks and then let’s talk about it. I’ve played football for a long time. 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.”

For the Cowboys, Bills and Giants, the pressure is already on. All three teams are fighting for their playoff lives in quality divisions and could use the help of a healthy Beckham.

Ultimately, however, this is a business decision for Beckham. He’s coming off a serious injury and doesn’t want to hurt future value by rushing back onto the field.

Report reveals Cowboys’ stance on Odell Beckham contract offer

Odell Beckham Jr with his mouth open

Jan 13, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; LSU Tigers former player Odell Beckham, Jr. in attendance before the College Football Playoff national championship game against the Clemson Tigers at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys had been publicly bullish about signing Odell Beckham Jr., but things appear to have changed after the wide receiver’s official visit to the team.

Beckham left his visit to Dallas without a contract offer and optimism seems to be waning that he will land there, according to Jane Slater of NFL Network. The Cowboys were left with significant concerns about whether Beckham could play this season, and did not want to take the risk of signing him without seeing him cutting or running routes.

Beckham did take a physical for the team, which seemed to raise some red flags. If the Cowboys did not like what they saw, it stands to reason that other teams will not be encouraged either. That could ensure that Beckham winds up not signing anywhere at this point.

For his part, Beckham seemed pleased with how the visit went from his end. The feeling just might not be completely mutual.

Report: Cowboys have 1 major concern about Odell Beckham Jr

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 been viewed as the favorite to sign Odell Beckham Jr. for several weeks now, but a recent development has reportedly impacted their level of interest in the veteran wide receiver.

According to ESPN’s Ed Werder, the Cowboys were not encouraged by Beckham’s recent physical. The team has concerns that his surgically repaired knee has not progressed to the point where it is certain Beckham will be able to play in 2022.

Beckham tore his ACL in the Los Angeles Rams’ Super Bowl win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reported on Nov. 6 that OBJ’s rehab had gone extremely well and he was expected to be fully cleared later that week. That was a month ago, and it does not sound like Beckham has been cleared.

Jerry Jones had been openly recruiting Beckham, but the Cowboys owner’s tone appeared to change a bit on Tuesday. He hinted during his appearance on 105.3 The Fan that there are concerns about when Beckham will be able to play.

“I’m going to kind of keep that one at bay, because that’s degree,” Jones said, via ESPN’s Todd Archer. “It’s a lot different if you play one play or if you played or are available for a week and that week be the Super Bowl week, than if he’s available the next week. And so everything in between. I would say that’s a point of discussion — a player’s own belief of where he is in becoming ready to play is real big.”

Beckham visited Dallas on Monday and Tuesday. He sat in Jerry Jones’ courtside seats with some Cowboys players during Monday night’s Phoenix Suns-Dallas Mavericks game. He even hinted at a possible deal, but that is now in doubt.

Odell Beckham Jr. hints at possible deal with Cowboys

Odell Beckham Jr with his mouth open

Jan 13, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; LSU Tigers former player Odell Beckham, Jr. in attendance before the College Football Playoff national championship game against the Clemson Tigers at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Odell Beckham Jr. free agency tour continued on Monday night at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.

Beckham was on hand, flanked by an entire Dallas Cowboys contingent, to watch the Dallas Mavericks take down the Phoenix Suns, 130-111. It was the final leg of his journey and Jerry Jones made sure to end his pitch with a bang.

Did it work? Beckham chimed in on that.

Beckham previously visited the New York Giants and Buffalo Bills and has no more meetings scheduled. He will now take a few days to talk things over with his family before making a final decision. But make no mistake about it, the Cowboys have been favorites throughout this process and remain favorites as of Tuesday morning.

However, there are some lingering concerns with Beckham. He refused to work out for any of the three teams and at least one NFC executive has cast doubt on his health. The talented wide receiver is coming off of his second torn ACL in 16 months and is just 10 months removed from his last surgery.

Beckham, who is seeking a long-term deal, could command as much as $20 million per season. And you better believes Jones is willing to spend that.

Teams have 1 major doubt about Odell Beckham?

Odell Beckham Jr with his mouth open

Jan 13, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; LSU Tigers former player Odell Beckham, Jr. in attendance before the College Football Playoff national championship game against the Clemson Tigers at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Much has been made of Odell Beckham Jr. and his potential destination this season, but it may well be that whoever he signs with does not get much use out of him in 2022.

There is “considerable doubt” around the NFL regarding Beckham’s health, one anonymous NFC executive told Ralph Vacchiano of FOX Sports. Beckham is coming off his second torn ACL in 16 months, and there are apparently questions about how much he would even be able to contribute this season once he signs with a team.

This is a very logical fear for any team, especially considering the nature of Beckham’s injuries. Combine that with likely needing to learn a new offense and integrate himself into a unit he has not played with before and it is entirely realistic that Beckham simply will not factor much in 2022.

Beckham is said to be in the market for a multi-year contract worth as much as $20 million annually. He still has plenty of interested teams, but those teams may be signing him more for next season than for this one.

Odell Beckham Jr’s free agency visit schedule revealed

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

Odell Beckham Jr.’s free agency visit schedule has been revealed.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Wednesday that Beckham is set to visit with three teams. On Thursday, he is scheduled to meet with the New York Giants. On Friday, Odell has a visit scheduled with the Buffalo Bills. And on Monday, Beckham is set to visit with the Dallas Cowboys.

Beckham has been recovering from a torn ACL he suffered during the Super Bowl win with the Los Angeles Rams. He was waiting to see how the season progressed before choosing his new team.

All three teams he is considering are top contenders. Both the Cowboys and Bills are 8-3 while the Giants are 7-4.

Beckham is hoping to go two-for-two with joining teams midseason that win the Super Bowl. The 30-year-old had 27 catches for 305 yards and 5 touchdowns in 8 games with the Rams.

The airplane incident Beckham was involved in over the weekend apparently is not having an impact on the interest teams have in him.