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Odell Beckham Jr. Rumors: Cowboys Meet with WR to Find 'Common Ground' on Contract

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIDecember 14, 2022

Odell Beckham Jr. is seen on the sidelines before an NFL football game between the New Orleans Saints and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman)
AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman

Free-agent wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and the Dallas Cowboys met Monday evening to "find common ground on basic terms and timing" regarding a potential contract.

That news is per CBS Sports' Josina Anderson, who provided more information and context:

JosinaAnderson @JosinaAnderson

I'm told the Cowboys & Odell Beckham Jr's camp spoke Monday night in an effort to find common ground on basic terms & timing. While a window remains open to how this season unfolds, right now OBJ's zoning in on training & determining his best path -at the right value, per source.

Beckham is recovering from a torn ACL suffered during last year's Super Bowl when he was a member of the Los Angeles Rams. He recently visited the New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys and Buffalo Bills as he rehabs and works to determine his next steps.

Dallas has made no secret of its interest in Beckham, but public concern has risen about when he could return to the lineup.

ESPN's Ed Werder released this report on Dec. 6:

Ed Werder @WerderEdESPN

Source: The <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Cowboys?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Cowboys</a> have concerns after Odell Beckham Jr.'s physical that his recovery from torn left ACL in Super Bowl has not progressed enough to ensure he would play before mid-January and possibility exists signing him would have no benefit until 2023 season.

NFL Network's Jane Slater followed up with another report on Dec. 7, noting the reasoning for why Beckham left Dallas without a deal in place:

Jane Slater @SlaterNFL

<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Cowboys?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Cowboys</a> owner Jerry Jones could surprise us all but getting the sense the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Cowboys?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Cowboys</a> are walking away from this one due to concerns about his ability to play this season. I'll explain. <a href="https://t.co/8rqygL5rFA">pic.twitter.com/8rqygL5rFA</a>

The 30-year-old Beckham has been one of the game's most electric talents at his best. Unfortunately, he's suffered two torn ACL's and a broken ankle since 2017.

Beckham has still been productive when called upon since opening his career with a trio of Pro Bowl appearances, and he notably had 21 catches for 288 yards and two scores in the playoffs for the Rams.

In the interim, Dallas has signed another free agent veteran wide receiver in T.Y. Hilton, the former Indianapolis Colts star who made four Pro Bowls in his 10 NFL seasons. He had 23 catches for 331 yards and three touchdowns in 13 games last year.

Owner Jerry Jones went on 105.3 The Fan and explained what the Hilton signing meant relative to Beckham:

Todd Archer @toddarcher

Jerry Jones said on 105.3 The Fan, he expects T.Y. Hilton to be able to help immediately after signing Monday. "He's a receiver that the defense will have to honor," Jones said. Jones wouldn't rule out possibility of Odell Beckham Jr., but said he's not ready to play right now.

For now, the Cowboys will go forth with its leading wideout trio of CeeDee Lamb, Michael Gallup and Noah Brown with Hilton now helping out that core. The 10-3 squad will now visit the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.