The Cowboys narrowly survived an upset bid by lowly Texans on Sunday a week after it took until the fourth quarter to pull away from the Colts. Could a big-name reinforcement be on the way for the playoffs?
Team owner/general manager Jerry Jones told reporters after the game that free-agent wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is still very much in play for Dallas.
When asked by Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram if the Cowboys had moved on from Beckham, Jones replied, “Not at all. Put a big exclamation on that.”
Reports have connected Beckham to the Cowboys for much of the season, but NFL Network reported Wednesday that Dallas came away from his visit to the team’s facility with concerns about his recovery from an ACL tear.
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Dallas reportedly wasn’t certain when he’d be available to play; multiple reports have indicated Beckham won’t be able to return before the end of the regular season. Beckham didn’t work out during his visit with the Cowboys, which came after visits with the Giants and Bills.
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The Cowboys didn’t offer Beckham a contract after his visit, according to NFL Network, but Jones at the very least isn’t willing to close the door on a deal.
Beckham appeared on “TNF in The Shop” with LeBron James on Thursday and said money would be the driving force behind his decision, saying, “I also know what I’m worth.”
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If Beckham is indeed ready to go for the playoffs, Jones’ comments indicate he still believes the former Pro Bowler can help the Cowboys achieve their goals.