Jan 22, 2023; Santa Clara, California, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy before a NFC divisional round game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Jerry Jones: Mike McCarthy to call plays in 2023

It’s official: Mike McCarthy will call offensive plays for the Dallas Cowboys in 2023.

That from owner/general manager Jerry Jones, who told reporters at the Senior Bowl on Wednesday that McCarthy will bring a version of the offense he ran in Green Bay to the Cowboys next season.

“This is the logical step to build on it and use what we’ve established, if you will, the foundation of wins we got. This is the time to build on it and that’s what this is, this a building step,” Jones said.

McCarthy was head coach for the Packers from 2006-18 and called the offense for the majority of that time. He was also an offensive coordinator for New Orleans and San Francisco before taking over the reins in Green Bay.

The Cowboys parted ways with offensive coordinator Kellen Moore on Sunday. Moore hooked on as OC with the Los Angeles Chargers less than 24 hours later.

“I think Mike felt it was in our best interest to keep Kellen when he first got here because Kellen’s outstanding,” Cowboys executive vice president and CEO Stephen Jones said. “The more he’s been around Kellen, as much as he respects him, there’s still a part of it that don’t totally jibe, if you will, with what he wants.”

Jerry Jones also confirmed that the Cowboys have talked with Carolina Panthers running backs coach/assistant head coach Jeff Nixon and Los Angeles Rams tight ends coach/assistant head coach Thomas Brown to replace Moore as OC.

Jerry Jones said the team will resume talking with wideout Odell Beckham Jr. in free agency. The team flirted with Beckham late in the 2022 season but with the WR continuing to rehab from ACL surgery, he likely would not have been able to suit up. Beckham missed the entire 2022 season.

Both Jerry and Stephen Jones also told reporters the team wants to retain running back Ezekiel Elliott. The team could dump Elliott’s contract with just a $11.8 million cap hit in 2023. The team signed Elliott to a six-year, $90 million extension in September 2019.

Elliott rushed for 876 yards and 12 touchdowns in 15 games (14 starts) in 2022. Elliott missed time with a knee injury and at times took a back seat with the emergence of Tony Pollard.

Further, Stephen Jones said the Cowboys are committed to quarterback Dak Prescott and are open to extending his contract to lower his cap hit. The team signed Prescott to a four-year, $160 million contract extension in March 2021. Year 1 of the extension kicks in for the 2023 season, giving the Cowboys a $49.1 million cap hit.

However, Jerry Jones also said the team is committed to drafting a quarterback, saying the Cowboys should have committed to drafting one every year years ago.

Prescott injured his thumb in Week 1 against Tampa on Sept. 11 that required insertion of a steel plate and screws to promote healing in his right hand. He returned Week 7 against Detroit.

Jerry Jones also confirmed that wide receiver Michael Gallup underwent two arthroscopic surgeries Tuesday on his knee and ankle. The knee was a meniscus repair and the other was clean-up of his ankle. He’s expected to be ready for the start of the offseason program in April.

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Feb 13, 2022; Inglewood, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp (right) celebrates with wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (3) after catching a touchdown pass against the Cincinnati Bengals during the second quarter in Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys’ Jerry Jones claims Odell Beckham Jr. ‘isn’t ready to play’

Odell Beckham Jr. was not ready to play football in the estimation of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

Jones and the Cowboys signed 10-year veteran wide receiver T.Y. Hilton on Monday, one week after the team hosted Beckham in hopes of reaching a deal for the rest of the season and beyond.

Jones said Tuesday in an interview with 105.3 FM in Dallas that Beckham “isn’t ready to play right now.” Jones said the Cowboys have interest in Beckham when he’s ready to suit up, but believes that might not happen until spring 2023.

Beckham is recovering from a torn ACL, a knee injury he has had before.

In Hilton, Jones said the Cowboys have a “receiver that the defense will have to honor.”

The former Colts’ deep threat hasn’t played this season and found little interest as an unrestricted free agent in the offseason. He missed seven games in 2021 due to multiple leg injuries.

Hilton could play Sunday at Jacksonville, when Jones said he expects offensive tackle Tyron Smith to return from surgery and make his season debut.

“As I see it right now, he’ll be playing Sunday,” Jones said of Smith, whose return would coincide with the loss of right tackle Terence Steele (torn ACL) to a season-ending injury.

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(File photo) Free agent wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) grabs a touchdown pass against Dallas Cowboys cornerback Daryl Worley (28) in the second quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Jerry Jones floats idea of adding Odell Beckham Jr. to Cowboys

Cowboys wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.? Dallas owner Jerry Jones sure likes the imagery of OBJ being fitted for a star helmet.

“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,” Jones said Tuesday morning in a radio interview with 105.3 The Fan in Dallas.

Beckham Jr. is an unrestricted free agent and a familiar one to the Cowboys from his days wearing No. 13 for the New York Giants. His miraculous one-handed catch near the front, right corner of the endzone remains a popular highlight and happened against the Cowboys.

Jones was vocal about moving on from his previous No. 1 wide receiver in Dallas, Amari Cooper, saying his play didn’t match his pay.

CeeDee Lamb is in that role for the Cowboys after Cooper was traded to the Cleveland Browns in the offseason.

Beckham has been linked to multiple teams as he recovers from a torn ACL suffered during the playoffs. He exited the Los Angeles Rams’ win in the Super Bowl in February with the injury, but said recently he believes the tear took place before that game.

The Buffalo Bills, Kansas City Chiefs, Green Bay Packers, Arizona Cardinals, Giants, Cowboys, Rams and others have been linked to Beckham.

It’s unclear when he plans to sign and take the requisite physical, but NFL Network reported this week no decision is expected until around Thanksgiving.

Beckham tore the ACL in the same knee in 2020 with the Browns. He joined the Rams midway through the 2021 season. He was down to two teams: the Rams and Packers.

He caught a touchdown in the first quarter for the first score of Super Bowl LVI and finished with two catches for 52 yards as Los Angeles beat the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20.

The three-time Pro Bowl selection had 305 receiving yards and five touchdowns for the Rams in eight regular-season games.

He has 531 receptions for 7,367 yards and 56 touchdowns in 96 games (91 starts) with the Giants (2014-18), Browns (2019-21) and Rams.

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Feb 13, 2022; Inglewood, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. reacts after defeating the Cincinnati Bengals during Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Chiefs pushing to sign Odell Beckham Jr.

Free agent wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. could team up with Patrick Mahomes in Kansas City according to NBC2 in Houston.

The Chiefs are one of the multiple teams checking in regularly on Beckham, who is recovering from a torn ACL suffered as a member of the Los Angeles Rams in February.

Mahomes lost No. 1 receiver Tyreek Hill in the offseason when the Chiefs tapped the brakes on contract talks and shipped the speedster to the Miami Dolphins.

Kansas City added reinforcements, including JuJu Smith-Schuster and Marques Valdez-Scantling. They have 46 combined catches but just one touchdown between them.

Beckham Jr. has been open about his desire to rejoin the Rams, but not at a discount. He insisted last week the Rams haven’t offered “anything” and promptly received a reply from Los Angeles head coach Sean McVay.

McVay responded saying that the team still might sweeten its bid for Beckham.

“I love Odell,” McVay said. “We have constant dialogue. He also knows that certainly I don’t think that’s the last (offer) that would come from us. I’m not familiar with what it is. He knows how we feel about him. We’ve got a little bit of time.

“But (I) love Odell. Nothing but good things coming from me.”

Beckham joined the Rams from the Cleveland Browns midway through the 2021 season. He was down to two teams: the Rams and Green Bay Packers.

He caught a touchdown in the first quarter for the first score of Super Bowl LVI and finished with two catches for 52 yards as Los Angeles beat the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20.

The three-time Pro Bowl selection had 305 receiving yards and five touchdowns for the Rams in eight regular-season games.

Los Angeles signed wide receiver Cooper Kupp to a three-year, $80 million contract extension and brought in Allen Robinson II in free agency on a three-year, $46.5 million deal with $30.7 million guaranteed.

He has 531 receptions for 7,367 yards and 56 touchdowns in 96 games (91 starts) with the New York Giants (2014-18), Browns (2019-21) and Rams.

Rams chief operating officer Kevin Demoff previously told The Athletic that the Rams and Beckham would like to work out a deal for him to return in 2022.

Beckham tore the ACL in the same knee in October 2020 with the Browns, had surgery and returned for the 2021 season. On Nov. 12, the Rams signed him to a one-year deal, a week after he was released by Cleveland amid a deteriorating relationship with quarterback Baker Mayfield.

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Feb 13, 2022; Inglewood, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (3) against the Cincinnati Bengals during Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Rams want to re-sign Odell Beckham Jr. despite ACL timeline

The Los Angeles Rams signing free-agent wide receiver Allen Robinson did not preclude them from wanting a reunion with Odell Beckham Jr.

Rams general manager Les Snead told reporters Tuesday that the Super Bowl champions have been in communication with Beckham’s agent and might “shorten” the star wideout’s free agency.

Beckham tore the ACL in his left knee during Super Bowl LVI and is unlikely to be ready for the start of the 2022 season.

“He’s someone that we definitely want back, but it’s a little bit more complex situation based on the injury,” Snead said. “We envision it being similar but different circumstances to last year. When Odell is ready to play, we’d appreciate him being part of” the Rams.

Los Angeles signed Beckham in November following his release from the Cleveland Browns. In eight regular-season games with the Rams, Beckham caught 27 receptions for 305 yards and five touchdowns — after not scoring a single touchdown for the Browns in six games.

Beckham added two touchdowns in the playoffs, including the first score of Super Bowl LVI, before going down with the knee injury.

In eight NFL seasons with the New York Giants, Cleveland and Los Angeles, Beckham has totaled 531 catches for 7,367 yards and 56 touchdowns.

The Rams already have Cooper Kupp, who won NFL Offensive Player of the Year after earning the receiving “Triple Crown” in 2021, and they added Robinson in free agency on a three-year, $46.5 million deal. They also traded receiver Robert Woods to the Tennessee Titans to help with their cap situation.

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Feb 13, 2022; Inglewood, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. celebrates on the field after defeating the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Torn ACL feared for Rams WR Odell Beckham Jr.

NFL Network reports that Los Angeles Rams receiver Odell Beckham Jr. tore his left ACL in Sunday’s Super Bowl LVI win against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Beckham, who is entering free agency, would face a lengthy recovery time that could stretch into the 2022 season if the prognosis is confirmed.

Beckham, 29, tore the ACL in the same knee while playing for the Cleveland Browns on Oct. 25, 2020 — also against the Bengals.

During the second quarter of Sunday’s 23-20 win in Inglewood, Calif., Beckham went to catch a pass but dropped it after jamming his left knee awkwardly. He grabbed at his knee and went down to the turf, with Rams training staff quickly attending to him on the field.

He caught a touchdown in the first quarter for the first score of the game and finished with two catches for 52 yards.

“Thank u all for the love and support,” Beckham tweeted after the game. “God always got me. He’s always had a plan. He made me a world champion ! Im so grateful!”

Beckham joined the Rams in November after being waived by the Browns. The three-time Pro Bowler had 305 receiving yards and five touchdowns for the Rams in eight regular-season games, plus 236 yards and a touchdown in three playoff games prior to Sunday.

He has 531 receptions for 7,367 yards and 56 touchdowns in 96 games (91 starts) with the New York Giants (2014-18), Browns (2019-21) and Rams.

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Dec 13, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (3) against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Rams activate WR Odell Beckham Jr., 5 others from COVID-19 list

The Los Angeles Rams activated receiver Odell Beckham Jr., running back Darrell Henderson and four other players from the COVID-19 list on Saturday.

Los Angeles also activated cornerback Donte’ Deayon, linebacker Justin Hollins, tight end Brycen Hopkins and offensive tackle Alaric Jackson from the COVID-19 list. The Rams added offensive tackle Joe Noteboom and defensive back Robert Rochell to the list, leaving the team with 25 players on it.

The large outbreak prompted the Rams’ home game against the Seattle Seahawks to be moved from Sunday afternoon to Tuesday night.

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Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) takes the field before an NFL football game at FirstEnergy Stadium, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, in Cleveland, Ohio. [Jeff Lange/Beacon Journal]

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Odell Beckham Jr. Next Team Odds: Raiders, Ravens lead pack

Odell Beckham Jr. appears increasingly unlikely to suit up for the Cleveland Browns on Sunday after reportedly being excused from a second consecutive day of practice Thursday.

SportsBetting.ag has established an entire market around the wide receiver, including -1000 odds that he will not play against the Cincinnati Bengals (5-3) compared to +550 that he will.

Head coach Kevin Stefanski told reporters Wednesday that general manager Andrew Berry is engaged in talks with Beckham’s representatives. If Beckham is released by the Browns, SportsBetting.ag has installed the Las Vegas Raiders (+350) and the Baltimore Ravens (+400) as his most likely destinations.

Odell Beckham Jr. Next Team Odds (if released)
Raiders (+350)
Ravens (+400)
Saints (+450)
Bills (+500)
Patriots (+500)
Colts (+800)
Titans (+800)
Rams (+1000)
49ers (+1200)
Packers (+1400)
Vikings (+1400)
Eagles (+2500)
Panthers (+2500)

The Raiders are suddenly in need of a playmaking wide receiver with Henry Ruggs III facing felony DUI charges following a fatal car accident this week. Ruggs, who leads Las Vegas with 469 receiving yards on 24 catches (19.5 yards per reception), was released on Tuesday.

The Ravens have a similar big-play weapon in Marquise Brown, who leads Baltimore with 566 yards and six touchdowns on 37 catch (15.3-yard average). But Baltimore’s next leading wideout is Sammy Watkins with 292 yards on only 18 catches while missing two games due to injury.

The next shortest odds belong to the New Orleans Saints, with former All-Pro wide receiver Michael Thomas announcing this week that he will not return this season due to a setback in his recovery from ankle surgery. The Saints have been a run-first offense this season, with Marquez Callaway leading the receiving corps with just 284 yards on 19 receptions.

New Orleans is also without quarterback Jameis Winston for the remainder of the season due to a torn ACL. The team’s second-leading receiver is Deonte Harris with 271 yards on 15 receptions.

The NFL trade deadline passed Tuesday, the same day Beckham’s father ignited a social media firestorm by posting a video on Instagram of Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield failing to connect with his son on passing plays.

NBA superstar and Ohio native LeBron James then weighed in on social media, tweeting his support for Beckham: “OBJ will show again why he’s special. WR1 #FreeOBJ.”

Beckham is a three-time Pro Bowl selection, however he finished with just one catch for 6 yards in Cleveland’s 15-10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers last Sunday. He has 17 catches for 232 yards with no touchdown receptions in six games this season.

Beckham, who turns 29 on Friday, has 504 catches for 7,062 yards with 51 touchdowns in 88 career games with the New York Giants (2014-18) and Browns. He has caught seven TD passes in his 29 games with Cleveland.

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Oct 17, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) reacts in the fourth quarter against the Las Vegas Raiders at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos QB Teddy Bridgewater, OBJ set to play on ‘TNF’

Denver Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is set to play against the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night despite being banged up.

Bridgewater has been listed as questionable all week with a foot injury he sustained in last week’s game. He was seen limping at practice this week.

On the other sideline, Browns wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry are both active. Landry was on short-term injured reserve and hasn’t played since Week 2. Both will be essential for backup quarterback Case Keenum, getting the start in place of Baker Mayfield, out with a left shoulder injury.

Beckham injured his shoulder on a tackle last week.

Landry suffered an MCL sprain in the first quarter of a Week 2 win against the Houston Texans. The injury snapped his streak of 111 consecutive games with at least two receptions.

Browns starting right tackle Jack Conklin (knee) has been ruled out. Blake Hance gets the start at RT. With Nick Chubb ruled out and backup running back Kareem Hunt on IR, both with calf injuries, D’Ernest Johnson gets the start behind Keenum.

Bridgewater has started every game this season, completing 70.2 percent of his passes for 1,514 yards, 10 touchdowns and four interceptions.

Broncos offensive tackle Garett Bolles (knee) was listed as questionable but is active. Safety Caden Sterns (illness) was also questionable against Cleveland but is active.

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Sep 26, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) catches the ball 
during warmups before the game against the Chicago Bears at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Odell Beckham Jr. returns after getting shoulder examined

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. briefly left Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals with an apparent right shoulder injury.

He visited the medical tent and then headed to the locker room in the second quarter but returned to the field in the third quarter.

Beckham was screaming in pain on the sideline after being driven into the turf by two Cardinal defenders following a 17-yard reception.

He finished the first half with two catches for 42 yards.

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