Dec 5, 2022; Dallas, Texas, USA; (from left) Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons (white hat) and wide receiver free agent Odell Beckham Jr. (black jacket) and cornerback Trevon Diggs (white hat) pose for a photo after the game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Phoenix Suns at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

No deal, but Cowboys, Odell Beckham Jr. vow to keep talking

Odell Beckham Jr. ended his multi-day visit with the Dallas Cowboys without a contract on Tuesday.

ESPN reported the Cowboys doubt Beckham is completely recovered from the torn left ACL he sustained in the Super Bowl after the 30-year-old wide receiver met with team physicians on Monday. According to the report, the concern is specific to when Beckham might be available to play before mid-January, or even until the 2023 season.

On his weekly radio show with 105.3 FM in Dallas, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he is “not confident at all” about signing Beckham until he sees him work out.

Beckham was at the team facility Monday, then spent Monday night with linebacker Micah Parsons and cornerback Trevon Diggs at the Dallas Mavericks game using Jones’ courtside seats. He was scheduled to meet with quarterback Dak Prescott on Tuesday. Prescott has been openly lobbying for the Cowboys to sign Beckham.

Jones said he “enjoyed every minute” the team has had with Beckham so far and promised to keep the dialogue with him active. Beckham also met with the Buffalo Bills and New York Giants.

“Now, we all realize that issue of health, that issue of availability is here every time. Just this one is very obvious and very pointed toward his injury that occurred last year in the Super Bowl. We got a good bead on that,” Jones said. “We got a great read on his career. It’s not like a draft pick coming at you. You got a lot of history here and you can take a good look at, not only the obvious and that’s his performance, but also any issues regarding health. So, all of this we got to come in with our eyes wide open and it has to be addressed, and that’s when you can see if you can make a deal or not.”

A three-time Pro Bowler, Beckham has 531 career catches for 7,367 yards and 56 touchdowns in 96 games with the Giants (2014-18), Cleveland Browns (2019-21) and Rams (2021).

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Oct 4, 2020; Arlington, Texas, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) catches 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

Cowboys prepare blitz for Odell Beckham Jr. visit

With more salary cap space, wins and warm winter days than the New York Giants, the Cowboys are emerging as the leaders in the pursuit of free agent wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

A drumbeat that began with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones weighing the idea in a radio interview grew to a full ensemble with quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott joining in the Dallas chorus singing Beckham’s praises.

Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy confirmed Beckham is scheduled to visit the team facility on Monday and, like Jones, didn’t hide his opinion on the topic.

“Hopefully an agreement can be worked out. I think it’ll be great to get him in the building,” McCarthy said Friday.

Beckham was removed from a flight out of Miami when the crew noted he was “in and out of consciousness” but Jones said that matter is not of any significance to the Cowboys.

Dallas has an 8-3 record and plays three AFC South teams with nine combined wins in the next three weeks before what could be a division-deciding contest with the Philadelphia Eagles on Christmas Eve.

The Cowboys have competition in the Beckham bidding. But Dallas has $6.3 million available under the salary cap, more than the Giants or Bills combined, and Beckham reportedly prefers a warmer climate as he completes his rehab from a torn ACL in the Super Bowl in February.

A three-time Pro Bowler, Beckham, 30, has 531 career catches for 7,367 yards and 56 touchdowns in 96 games with the Giants (2014-18), Cleveland Browns (2019-21) and Los Angeles Rams (2021).

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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. reacts after defeating the Cincinnati Bengals during Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Odell Beckham Jr. to return ‘better than ever’ after surgery

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has been through a whirlwind stretch over the past week and a half.

Beckham announced over social media Tuesday that he underwent successful knee surgery after sustaining a torn ACL in the Rams’ 23-20 win over the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI on Feb. 13. The surgery is notable since he heads toward free agency next month.

“The stars are all aligned; surgery was a success,” Beckham wrote on his Instagram post. “Like I’ve said all along, ‘IT WAS WRITTEN.’ I’m just sticking to the script and seeing where God will take me. Honestly I’ve been through so much to get to where I’m at.. I duggg deep, and figured out a lot about myself along the way. If there’s one thing I can take from all the work and growth, it is that I AM as resilient as they come. Too much heart to not keep walkin in faith! Lol I know yall probably tired of hearing me say this every year now ‘this my year’ BUT IM GON BE BACK!!! U better believe imma be back, and imma be back better than ever before. … I wanna thank u all for the love and support, this is not the end; but only the beginning to everything I’ve ever dreamed of. LUV.”

Speaking of beginnings, Beckham also noted Tuesday that he witnessed the birth of his child with girlfriend Lauren Wood.

“2-17-22, 0605. THE biggest blessing I’ve ever had in my life arrived here on earth!” Beckham wrote. “The words, I can’t even put together for the overwhelming emotions that ran thru me … a moment I will never forget and cherish forever. Zydn was born (and) at that moment, I knew my life changed for the better.”

That journey saw Beckham, 29, tear 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 Super Bowl LVI, 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.

Beckham joined the Rams in November after being waived by the Browns. 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 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 place OBJ, 8 others on COVID list

The Los Angeles Rams are in enhanced COVID-19 mitigation protocols after placing nine more players — including Odell Beckham Jr. — on the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday.

The Rams, with 13 players on the COVID list, are the seventh NFL team to be in enhanced protocols.

Joining OBJ on the list are nose tackle Sebastian Joseph-Day, defensive back Terrell Burgess, tight end Brycen Hopkins, defensive backs Jordan Fuller and JuJu Hughes and offensive lineman Alaric Jackson. Practice squad defensive end Jonah Williams and defensive back Tyler Hall was also added.

However, the Rams activated starting tight end Tyler Higbee off the list, saying his was a false positive. Higbee missed Monday night’s game against the Arizona Cardinals after being added to the list earlier in the day.

The Rams already have cornerback Jalen Ramsey, running back Darrell Henderson, right tackle Rob Havenstein and cornerback Donte’ Deayon. Ramsey was put on the list Monday while the other three were placed there over the weekend. All missed Monday night’s game.

Beckham, 29, reeled in his third touchdown pass in as many games during Los Angeles’ 30-23 win over the Arizona Cardinals on Monday night. The three-time Pro Bowl selection had six catches for 77 yards to help the Rams record their second straight victory.

Beckham has 32 receptions for 436 yards with three touchdowns this season in 10 games split between the Cleveland Browns and Rams.

The Rams improved to 9-4 with the win over the Cardinals. They host Seattle (5-8) on Sunday.

The other teams in NFL enhanced protocols are the Browns, Falcons, Bears, Lions, Vikings and Washington. Enhanced protocols mean meetings are held virtually, masks must be worn indoors by all tiered personnel, and practices are closed to the media.

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Oct 17, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) runs the ball against the Arizona Cardinals during the fourth quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Odell Beckham Jr. signs with Rams for rest of season

Free-agent wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will play the rest of the 2021 season with the Los Angeles Rams, the team announced Thursday.

Multiple reports said Beckham decided between the Rams and the Green Bay Packers.

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported Wednesday that the Packers had offered Beckham the veteran’s minimum salary. Financial terms of Beckham’s deal with the Rams were not announced by the team.

The New Orleans Saints and Kansas City Chiefs were said to be pursuing Beckham as well.

In Los Angeles, Beckham will join a team that already features wide receivers Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods. Kupp leads the NFL in receptions (74), receiving yards (1,019) and touchdowns (10) this season.

Beckham, 29, was traded in 2019 by the New York Giants to the Cleveland Browns, who agreed Friday to waive him following a social media post from Beckham’s father criticizing Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield. The Browns and Beckham came to terms on a reworked contract before placing him on waivers.

Beckham has 504 catches for 7,062 yards with 51 touchdowns in 88 career games with the Giants (2014-18) and Browns.

The Rams (7-2) are viewed around the league as being in “win-now” mode. They acquired Matthew Stafford last winter to become their new starting quarterback, and they added pass-rusher Von Miller at the trade deadline earlier this month.

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Oct 17, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) runs the ball against the Arizona Cardinals during the fourth quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Browns excuse WR Odell Beckham Jr. from practice

The Cleveland Browns excused Odell Beckham Jr. from Wednesday’s practice despite the wide receiver’s intent to participate, multiple media outlets reported.

The move comes on the heels of the NFL’s trade deadline passing on Tuesday as well as a social media firestorm ignited by Beckham’s father.

The elder Beckham posted a video to his verified Instagram account of Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield failing to connect with his son on passing plays. The video was set to the song “Everybody Hurts” by R.E.M.

The younger Beckham is a three-time Pro Bowl selection. He has 17 catches for 232 yards with no touchdown receptions in six games this season for the Browns (4-4).

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.

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Sep 12, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs nose tackle Derrick Nnadi (91) is called for a facemask penalty on Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry (80) during the first half at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Browns WR Jarvis Landry week-to-week with MCL sprain

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry suffered an MCL sprain in his knee and is considered week-to-week.

Browns coach Kevin Stefanski didn’t have a timeline for Landry’s return when asked Monday and said he was unsure if Landry would need to be placed on injured reserve. If he is, he would miss at least three games.

Landry was injured on the second play of Cleveland’s victory over the Houston Texans on Sunday. Landry limped off the field after being tackled at the end of a 9-yard reception.

Odell Beckham Jr. missed his second consecutive game Sunday as he continues his comeback from a torn ACL. However, Beckham could make his 2021 debut in Week 3 against the Chicago Bears if all goes well in practice this week.

Browns tight end Austin Hooper was quarterback Baker Mayfield’s top target Sunday, catching five passes for 40 yards. He was targeted five times.

Landry has six catches for 80 yards on the season.

Mayfield went to the locker room briefly after his shoulder “kind of popped in and out” after trying to make a tackle on Texans safety Justin Reid, who intercepted Mayfield in the first half.

“Nothing too serious,” Mayfield said after the game.

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