FRISCO, Texas — As Odell Beckham Jr. wraps up his two-day visit with the Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday, owner and general manager Jerry Jones said at 105.3 The Fan in Dallas there was no timeline for when a decision might be made about adding a free agent Wide receiver added to the roster.
“There’s no way we’re going to be able to say ‘close’ or where we are,” Jones said. “We’re just discussing the many possibilities that exist.”
Beckham was examined Monday, met with Jones and his family and spent the night with Micah Parsons and Trevon Diggs at the Dallas Mavericks game against the Phoenix Suns. Asked at halftime about the Cowboys’ chances of signing him, Beckham told ESPN’s Tim MacMahon with a big smile, “It’s a good possibility.”
The biggest concern regarding Beckham, who has also guested with the New York Giants and Buffalo Bills, is his health as he is returning from a left knee anterior cruciate ligament injury sustained in Super Bowl LVI. When asked if Beckham has offered any hints if he thinks he can play this year, Jones paused.
“I’ll kind of keep that in check because that’s the degree,” Jones said. “It’s very different if you’re playing a play or playing a week or being available and that week is Super Bowl week and then if he’s available the next week. And so everything in between. I’d say that’s a point of discussion – a player’s own belief in their readiness to play is really big.”
Jones said Beckham was “utmost important” for a deal this season but would not go so far as to say a deal could not go through if the receiver didn’t play in 2022.
After meeting Beckham on Monday, Jones said he’s “smart as a whip,” has “an easygoing demeanor,” and “he’s a good teammate.” One of the additional meetings he will have Tuesday is with the Cowboys Leadership Council, which includes Dak Prescott and 10 other veterans.
According to figures from the NFL Players Association, the Cowboys have $6.3 million in salary cap room, which would be enough to add Beckham. However, a multi-year contract would further complicate a tricky salary cap situation in 2023. The Cowboys hired 19 players to become unrestricted free agents, including key players like Dalton Schultz, Tony Pollard, Leighton Vander Esch and Donovan Wilson. They can also start talks about contract extensions with CeeDee Lamb and Diggs for the first time.
“I just think this is an opportunity that’s rare given its availability. But one way or another, there is no failure here. I’m talking about actual signing or non-signing. There’s no disappointment here,” Jones said. “If this thing works, this team will improve it now. It will improve this year. If we don’t have that, then we’re also in a positive situation. It needs us to improve now quite a lot is required. And it has to improve us in a way that makes sense to us when we not only look at this year but impact the years to come in terms of the financial aspect of it.
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