The Odell Beckham Jr. derby is heating up, with the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants believed to be on the entrance of the pack. However do not rely out the Buffalo Payments.
Beckham was faraway from an American Airways flight on Sunday, although Cowboys proprietor Jerry Jones stated the incident will haven’t any bearing on his future with the workforce. His visits with the Giants and Payments stay unaffected, as nicely.
Beckham is scheduled to satisfy with the Payments on Friday, although the Giants and the Cowboys appear probably to land the coveted free agent. The 2 division rivals are pitted in opposition to each other off the sector after the Cowboys dominated the Giants within the second half on Thanksgiving.
Jones has already had a dialog with Beckham. He stated it was a “nice assembly.” The Cowboys, who’ve a go to scheduled with the receiver on Monday, have been publicly recruiting Beckham. They’re thought-about the “favorites,” in keeping with a supply with data of the state of affairs.
Quarterback Dak Prescott, working again Ezekiel Elliott and linebacker Micah Parsons have all made their pitches.
The Giants are anticipated to satisfy with Beckham starting Thursday. It is a getting-to-know-him session for the brand new regime. The Giants have maybe been working extra behind the scenes with two of his shut pals, Saquon Barkley and Sterling Shepard, on the roster. Barkley and Shepard attended Beckham’s lavish California birthday bash throughout their bye week.
Beckham is believed to be near full well being after tearing the ACL in his left knee within the Tremendous Bowl win with the Los Angeles Rams in February. It has been 9 months because the harm, and he is anticipated to signal with a brand new workforce within the subsequent few weeks.
The query is the place.
Why Beckham will signal with Dallas
Whether it is about successful, how can it not be the Cowboys? They swept the Giants this season. Which workforce is poised for a greater postseason run? The Cowboys. Which quarterback would he somewhat have? Prescott. The Giants may have the ability to supply him a bigger position as a receiver from the get go, contemplating what the Cowboys have in CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup, however the Cowboys have extra going for them in each different division.
From Jones to Prescott, Elliott, Lamb and Parsons, the Cowboys have put a full-court recruiting press on Beckham that will make Kentucky males’s basketball coach John Calipari proud. Usually Jones is quiet with regards to free brokers for concern of impacting the aggressive nature of the negotiations. He has not been shy about his need so as to add Beckham. — Todd Archer
Why Beckham makes the Cowboys a contender
This query cannot actually be answered totally with out understanding simply how wholesome he’s and what kind of situation he’s in. But when all that checks out, then he offers the Cowboys an alternative choice on the surface. Ought to one thing occur to Lamb or Gallup, they’d have a fairly good insurance coverage coverage.
The Cowboys are a run-first workforce with Elliott and Tony Pollard, however there’ll come a time once they might want to throw the ball to win, particularly within the necessary video games down the stretch and into the playoffs. Beckham confirmed final season with the Rams that he can study a system shortly and have success. However there must be a phrase of warning due to his knee. Gallup tore an ACL a month or so earlier than Beckham and has wanted time to spherical into kind. Can Beckham actually be, nicely, Beckham in brief order? — Archer
Probability Beckham re-signs with Dallas in 2023
I assume that is an assumption that he’ll settle for a one-year supply as a rental participant. That is likely to be tremendous with the Cowboys, contemplating how tight they may very well be in opposition to the 2023 wage cap. But when it isn’t, then the Cowboys will doubtless have to maneuver round fairly a bit of cash to make all of it work. Prescott’s cap determine subsequent 12 months is $49.13 million and the one approach the Cowboys can achieve aid could be to increase his contract.
They may have monetary choices to make on Tyron Smith and Elliott, whereas additionally attempting to maintain Pollard, tight finish Dalton Schultz, security Donovan Wilson and 17 others who’re scheduled to be unrestricted free brokers after this season. They will additionally open extension talks for the primary time with Lamb and cornerback Trevon Diggs. The Cowboys had curiosity in buying Brandin Cooks on the commerce deadline from the Houston Texans, however one of many hang-ups was the $18 million he was assured in 2023. If Beckham is in search of top-end cash, then this won’t work, or would require the Cowboys to get out of their monetary consolation zone with free brokers. — Archer
The “Sunday NFL Countdown” crew breaks down who has the very best guess at buying Odell Beckham Jr. and the worth he’ll convey to that individual franchise.
Why Beckham will signal with New York
Nicely, it is New York. The Massive Apple. The place the place Beckham was drafted No. 12 total in 2014, burst onto the scene and made that breathtaking catch in opposition to, you recognize, the identical Cowboys that wish to signal him. This implies one thing to Beckham. Being on the identical workforce with Barkley and Shepard (even when he is on injured reserve) is an attractive proposition. They continue to be two of his closest pals. However as Barkley stated not too long ago, returning to New York, the place the place Beckham started his profession and reached stardom, means one thing. It might enable Beckham to stay within the highlight and deal with unfinished enterprise.
He admittedly performed the worst recreation of his profession in his solely playoff recreation with the Giants in a 2016 loss to the Inexperienced Bay Packers. “I believe it might be a terrific story to return again to a spot that you just have been at earlier than and proceed to assist construct success,” Barkley stated. The Giants star working again informed ESPN after Thursday’s recreation that he speaks to Beckham usually. They talked as not too long ago as final week. Beckham additionally maintained an amicable relationship with Giants possession (John Mara and Steve Tisch) regardless of the messy 2018 divorce. His animosity was at all times directed at former normal supervisor Dave Gettleman. — Jordan Raanan
Why he makes the Giants a contender
The Giants’ want on the place is well-documented. They’re throwing borderline practice-squaders on the market on a weekly foundation. Any weapon could be a lift to their offense and for quarterback Daniel Jones. However what Beckham can really convey to the desk this season is unknown. That is one thing Barkley has repeatedly stated — Barkley himself wanted plenty of time to get again to his former self after tearing an ACL.
It is the second time Beckham has torn that very same ACL. Beckham is 30 years previous and hasn’t taken a single observe rep his season. Not within the spring, summer time or fall. His vary of outcomes when he does return varies vastly. Nonetheless, it is onerous to think about he is not an NFL-caliber receiver. Even when he is only a contributor, the Giants would take that. It is protected to say he could be an equal or No. 2 alongside Darius Slayton by default. The Giants simply do not have a lot else on the place. — Raanan
Probability he re-signs with New York in 2023
Every thing I am listening to is that Beckham desires greater than a one-year deal. He desires some assured cash shifting ahead. Offers within the vary of what the Tampa Bay Buccaneer‘s Chris Godwin and the Los Angeles Chargers‘ Mike Williams have signed have been talked about. That does not appear sensible, particularly with the Giants. If something, normal supervisor Joe Schoen has been extraordinarily disciplined financially this season.
He hasn’t made a single signing throughout this season that wasn’t for the veteran minimal. One in all his main objectives was to get the Giants wage cap so as this 12 months and for the longer term. Placing any form of vital cash into the longer term with Beckham does not appear to suit what he is been doing. However from the beginning, there was discuss of Beckham going elsewhere for the rest of this season and touchdown with the Giants subsequent 12 months. Perhaps that may be a extra doubtless state of affairs than Beckham signing there now. — Raanan
Why Beckham will signal with Buffalo
Josh Allen is an effective place to start out. Taking part in with the fifth-year quarterback has been a part of the attraction for most of the workforce’s additions up to now 12 months. The Payments roster is likely one of the greatest in soccer, even with the offense’s current dip in efficiency within the five-game stretch because the bye week. They’ve proven a capability to win shut video games and nonetheless have an 8-3 file, regardless of not enjoying their greatest soccer. There’s additionally loads of alternative to have an enormous position within the offense with the Payments hurting at vast receiver (Jamison Crowder, Marquez Stevenson and Jake Kumerow are all presently on injured reserve).
The workforce’s vast receiver depth behind Stefon Diggs additionally hasn’t fairly performed as much as the extent that the Payments would love, so including somebody like Beckham would give him loads of alternatives to be an integral a part of a strong offensive group.
And what’s higher than becoming a member of a workforce with your mates? Move-rusher Von Miller has been publicly recruiting Beckham to hitch the Payments for months and is definitely additionally doing so behind the scenes. The pair received the Tremendous Bowl along with the Rams final season and Miller’s phrase definitely might go a good distance. Beckham’s former LSU teammate, cornerback Tre’Davious White, has additionally despatched Beckham, “in all probability 2,700 Buffalo Payments emojis.” — Alaina Getzenberg
Why he makes Buffalo a contender
The Payments are a contender with out Beckham, however including a receiver of his caliber simply takes this workforce that a lot stronger. Payments normal supervisor Brandon Beane stated earlier this month that, “if we expect he may also help this workforce, we might be loopy to not at the least look into it.”
He wouldn’t solely add to the Payments’ receiving recreation as a goal for Allen, however he would additionally take a few of the consideration away from Diggs, who’s on tempo to set profession highs in receiving yards and touchdowns this season. As a workforce, the Payments have the third-most drops within the NFL (20) with Gabe Davis (six) and Isaiah McKenzie (4) combining for 10 of these. Davis, the workforce’s No. 2 receiver, has dropped 10% of his targets. Extra consistency and reliability on the place will go a good distance in serving to Allen, and whereas Beckham’s manufacturing hasn’t been fairly to the extent it was earlier in his profession, he didn’t drop any of his 48 regular-season targets with the Rams final season.
The Payments do not want Beckham to return in and be a No. 1 receiver, they’ve Diggs for that. However this receiver group has been a weak spot at occasions, and including somebody together with his expertise and expertise may very well be the increase the offense wants. — Getzenberg
Probability he re-signs with Buffalo in 2023
It is definitely inside the realm of potentialities. The Payments have most of their key gamers locked down for the foreseeable future and need to turn into contenders for the Tremendous Bowl on a constant foundation. It is a workforce that’s constructed only for that. It must be an interesting place for Beckham to settle in and play for over a number of seasons, particularly after listening to about Miller’s expertise.
The query right here might come all the way down to how a lot Beckham is seeking to be paid and the extent to which the Payments can belief his capacity to remain wholesome over an extended interval. Beckham has solely had two seasons through which he performed in each regular-season recreation.
Buffalo has a number of starters set to hit free company which were key contributors to the protection this 12 months in linebacker Tremaine Edmunds and security Jordan Poyer. The Payments additionally presently have the bottom obtainable cap area within the league for 2023, per ESPN’s roster administration, though that’s topic to alter. Beane has referenced wanting to construct a workforce that’s constantly making Tremendous Bowl runs, not simply placing all of the chips in a single basket (or season). There may very well be a match right here, because the Payments might use him in 2023, but it surely’s not a necessity for the longer term that the Payments signal him long-term as assist is also discovered elsewhere. — Getzenberg