Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on Odell Beckham Jr: “Odell is someone that we have all the appreciation in the world for what he is as a competitor. I know the Cowboys star on that helmet, when he puts it on, could look pretty good”
Last Updated: 10/11/22 12:36pm
The Dallas Cowboys are one of the teams said to be battling it out for the signature of Odell Beckham Jr, according to reports in the US, and the team’s star linebacker Micah Parsons is the latest to speak out in support of the move.
Beckham is currently a free agent. He won the Super Bowl with the Los Angeles Rams last year but also injured himself in the game itself, tearing his left ACL in the first half.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones addressed rumours of OBJ’s potential signing when saying on Tuesday that the team’s star logo “could look pretty good” on the superstar receiver, while Parsons has now pleaded with the free agent to join him in pursuit of a Super Bowl in Dallas.
“We can use him,” second-year linebacker Micah Parsons said. “I think he’s a great player. He’ll expand this offense. He can add real value to the team and help us do what we want to do.
“If the guy on the market is talking about he wants to play and he wants to win games, then me too. I want to win it just as bad as you do.
“If you want to win games, come win games over here. Help us get to that [Super] Bowl that you want. I want it.”
Running back Ezekiel Elliott also added his endorsement by simply saying: “We want him. We want OBJ.”
Jones: Cowboys star ‘could look pretty good’ on OBJ
The NFL Network reported this week that no decision on OBJ is expected until Thanksgiving, with the receiver targeting a return to the football field in early December.
The Rams were initially seen as favourites to recapture his signature, but they have since suffered a disappointing 3-5 start to the season.
The Buffalo Bills (6-2) have also been heavily linked with OBJ, and general manager Brandon Beane said last week they would be “crazy” not to look into signing him, while New York Giants (6-2) GM Joe Schoen said he would “consider” having a conversation over a possible reunion for the wideout who spent his first five seasons in the NFL in New York.
Jones has since placed the Cowboys (6-2) firmly in the mix with his comments earlier in the week. “Odell is someone that we have all the appreciation in the world for what he is as a competitor,” Jones said on a local Dallas radio station.
“I know the Cowboys star on that helmet, when he puts it on, could look pretty good.”
Jones added: “We should be aware that he’s coming off this injury, but he showed he can do it, and do it well last year.
“I think a veteran player, such as Odell, my experience has been when we’ve brought a veteran player in, they hit the ground running in terms of being able to compete.
“That usually is not a big factor when we think about whether or not a player can fit.”
Simms: Dallas move of OBJ ‘makes a lot of sense’
The Cowboys are looking to strengthen a receiver room that is currently led by third-year player CeeDee Lamb, with Michael Gallup and Noah Brown serving as complimentary pieces. The team moved on from their former No 1 target Amari Cooper in the offseason, trading him to the Cleveland Browns.
According to NFL Network‘s Ian Rapoport, the Cowboys attempted to make a trade for veteran receiver Brandin Cooks from the Houston Texans on last Tuesday’s trade deadline, while they also made an offer for Denver Broncos wideout Jerry Jeudy, as per Tom Pelissero.
Dallas do not have a receiver in the top 15 in the league in terms of yardage or touchdown catches in 2022. Hence why they’re so firmly positioning themselves in the pursuit of OBJ, the very receiver whose incredible one-handed touchdown catch against the Cowboys in his stunning rookie season catapulted him to stardom.
Former NFL quarterback Chris Simms says he could see the move happening. “Dallas makes a lot of sense, for all of the right reasons,” Simms said on NBC’s Pro Football Talk (Sky Sports NFL, weekdays, 6pm).
“They’re a team that are in the Super Bowl window. The defense we know is special.
“But, also, if you want to win the Super Bowl, you’ve got to beat teams like the Bills or the Kansas City Chiefs, or the Philadelphia Eagles and the San Francisco 49ers to even just get there, so you can’t just depend on your defense to win games against those teams, in my opinion.
“You’re going to need your offense to light up the scoreboard there, and that’s where Odell could have great value for them when it comes playoff time. I could see this happening.”
Beckham, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, had 305 receiving yards and five touchdowns for the Rams in eight regular-season games last year. adding a further 288 yards and two TDs in their playoff run.
He has 531 receptions for 7,367 yards and 56 touchdowns in 96 career games (91 starts) with the Giants (2014-18), Browns (2019-21) and Rams.
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