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It looks like the Dallas Cowboys are the clear favorites to sign a top free agent.

According to a report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter On Sunday, November 27, the Cowboys are the overwhelming favorite to sign Odell Beckham. As one NFL exec notes, Beckham’s next landing spot “sounds like it’s Dallas.”

“Here’s what an executive on a team linked to Odell Beckham Jr. said this weekend about a possible landing spot for free agent WR: ‘It sounds like it’s going to be Dallas. When you’re in Vegas your 2-1 favorite is the Cowboys and everyone else is 5- or 6-1.’”

The 30-year-old receiver remains a free agent but is expected to make a decision on his next team soon. Beckham is scheduled to meet with the Cowboys on December 5 and will also meet with the New York Giants this Thursday.

Outside of meetings with the Cowboys and Giants, Beckham is also expected to meet with the Buffalo Bills, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Sunday.

“Beckham plans to visit the Giants Thursday and Friday, sources with knowledge of his plans say,” Rapoport said. “After the weekend, Beckham will be meeting with the Cowboys on December 5th. He will also visit the Bills. While there are additional teams that could be added to the mix, those visits are the only confirmed ones at this time, sources say.”

While Beckham hasn’t lacked interest from teams across the league — the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs were also mentioned as possible targets — it’s clear that the Cowboys have been the most aggressive in their hunt for the free-agent receiver.

Team owner Jerry Jones and Cowboys players have made no secret of wanting Beckham on the team as they watch their first Super Bowl since 1995.

“Odell could help us,” Jones said after Dallas’ Thanksgiving win over New York. “I think so now. Now we have to make it fit and that is the challenge here.”

Beckham hasn’t played since tearing his cruciate ligament in the Los Angeles Rams’ Super Bowl win in February. However, he has been cleared to return and is perfectly healthy.

During Jones’ tenure as team owner, Dallas has historically added notable players in search of a Super Bowl. The Cowboys traded for defensive end Charles Haley in 1992 and also signed cornerback Deion Sanders in 1995. Both moves paid off with Super Bowl wins in the same seasons.

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“Well, I don’t want to make comparisons,” Jones said when asked the question, “but Odell could help us. I think so right now. Now we have to make it fit and that is the challenge here.”

The Cowboys’ offense was good enough to lead the team to an 8-3 start to the season. However, outside of CeeDee Lamb, they lack an explosive playmaker at receiver. Adding Beckham — who is a three-time Pro Bowl receiver — would obviously make the offense that much stronger.

“Well, I think Odell is on his own as far as he can be additive, and I believe that,” Jones said. “So we’re going to approach it from that point of view.”

Dallas has the added benefit of not only defeating the Giants twice this season, but they’re one of the favorites to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. The Cowboys beat the NFC’s second-best team, the Minnesota Vikings, 40-3 in Week 11.

At this point, it could come as a surprise if Beckham signs with another team outside of the Cowboys.

Dallas has the added benefit of not only defeating the Giants twice this season, but they’re one of the favorites to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. The Cowboys beat the NFC’s second-best team, the Minnesota Vikings, 40-3 in Week 11.



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