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Giants Rival Expresses Interest In Signing Odell Beckham Jr.

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Former New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is still recovering from a cruciate ligament tear he sustained in the Super Bowl. However, the Giants could see a well-known team sign the free-agent veteran.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo report that the Dallas Cowboys have a legitimate interest in signing Beckham whenever the three-time Pro Bowler makes the decision to sign with a team.

“The Cowboys were active at the close of trading, making calls hoping to land a quick receiver,” Rapoport and Garafolo wrote on Nov. 6, 2022. “In the end, no deal made sense and they stood. There’s another receiver for you out there.

“Odell Beckham Jr., the top free agent available, is firmly on the Cowboys’ radar, sources say, and they are expected to be there when he is ready to pick his team after fully recovering from a cruciate ligament tear. Dallas (6-2) has plenty of weapons, but his pursuit of a receiver who can run shows the team is looking for more offensive help.

The Cowboys have the wide receiver position on their radar after failing to acquire Brandin Cooks and Jerry Jeudy before the trade deadline.

Rapoport and Garafolo also included the Bills, Chiefs, Rams, Packers and Giants as teams who could make an offer to Beckham.

Last week, at the Giants press conference, general manager Joe Schoen was asked if Beckham would be at the team’s facility with Sterling Shepard in early October.

“I had no idea he was in the building,” Schoen said of Fox Sports’ Ralph Vacchiano. “Obviously he’s a guy we would think and talk when he is healthy.”

The Giants could use a wideout as they face a possible playoff run with a 6-2 record. As a team, the Giants only average 159 yards per game. Darius Slayton, who was once an off-season trade candidate, is the team’s lead receiver.

Drafted by the Giants in 2014, Beckham was named Rookie of the Year. During his five seasons in New York, he made it to three Pro Bowls with the Giants. He surpassed 1,000 yards in four of his five years with the team. The LSU product signed a five-year, $85 million contract in 2018 but was traded to the Cleveland Browns the following year. He was released by the Browns in 2021 and would end up signing a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Rams.

At the age of 29, Beckham showed signs of his Pro Bowl self in 2021. He made his presence felt during the Rams’ championship run, most notably in the NFC Championship game against the San Francisco 49ers when he had 113 yards on nine receptions.

The original plan was for Beckham to sign with a team by mid-November. According to Rapoport and Garafolo, “Beckham is now expected to be in full health and will be signed by early December.”

The Cowboys, unlike the Giants, have enough salary cap room to strike a deal with Beckham. According to Over the Cap, Dallas has a cap rank of $6,954,788, which is the ninth-highest amount in the league.

Beckham is also aiming for a multi-year contract and a “home at the end of his career.” The veteran receiver was expected to sign for another year and be available again on the free-agent market in 2023.

There will be admirers for Beckham and the 6-2 Cowboys are now expected to be in the mix.



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