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. (3) against the Cincinnati Bengals during Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys’ interest in Odell Beckham Jr. hasn’t waned

Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys remain interested in landing Odell Beckham Jr. despite the free agent receiver’s removal from a recent flight.

“His overall team compatibility, his judgment, his behavior is not an issue with him,” the Cowboys owner said Tuesday on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas. “It is with many. It isn’t with him.”

Jones said Beckham is scheduled to visit with the Cowboys (8-3) this Monday, which is after three-time Pro Bowl selection is reportedly meeting with the New York Giants and Buffalo Bills.

“I think we’re moving full steam ahead,” Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy said Monday when asked about the pursuit of Beckham.

Beckham, sidelined since tearing his ACL in last year’s Super Bowl win, was removed from a flight on Sunday at the Miami International Airport.

Police said Beckham was “in and out of consciousness” and refused to deplane when asked. Beckham’s attorney, Daniel Davillier, said his client was asleep and the incident was caused by an “overzealous” flight attendant.

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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May 4, 2022; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; NFL player Odell Beckham Jr. and girlfriend Lauren Wood in attendance during the Phoenix Suns against the Dallas Mavericks during game two of the second round for the 2022 NBA playoffs at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Free agent WR Odell Beckham Jr. removed from flight

Free agent wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was removed from a flight on Sunday morning, Miami-Dade Police said.

Officers responded to a medical emergency aboard an American Airlines flight bound for Los Angeles at Miami International Airport at about 9:30 a.m. after the crew became concerned about Beckham.

“As they tried to wake him to fasten his seat belt, he appeared to be coming in and out of consciousness, prior to their departure,” read a police statement. “Fearing that Mr. Beckham was seriously ill, and that his condition would worsen through the expected 5-hour flight, the attendants called for police and fire rescue.”

According to police, the flight crew asked Beckham several times to exit the aircraft but he refused.

After the rest of the passengers deplaned, Beckham cooperated with the officers’ request and exited the plane “without incident.”

“Mr. Beckham was escorted to the non-secure area of the terminal by the officers where he made other arrangements,” the police statement said.

Beckham tweeted “comedy hr” with a laughing emoji on Sunday morning.

One of the responses to that tweet included a video showing Beckham being escorted by police and this comment: “Forcing us off the plane because you were unresponsive and unruly is not comedy to the hundreds of folks trying to get home dude. Not cool man.”

Beckham, 30, has not played since tearing his ACL during his Los Angeles Rams’ 23-20 victory against the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI.

Several teams have expressed interest in his services, including the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants. He has 531 career catches for 7,367 yards and 56 touchdowns in 96 games with the Giants, Cleveland Browns and Rams.

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Nov 20, 2022; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Wan'Dale Robinson (17) breaks a tackle by Detroit Lions linebacker Alex Anzalone (34) during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Better call OBJ? Giants WR Wan’Dale Robinson has torn ACL

Giants wide receiver Wan’Dale Robinson is out for the season and likely part of offseason workouts with a torn right ACL, head coach Brian Daboll confirmed on Monday as New York opens a short week of preparation for a Thanksgiving game with the Dallas Cowboys.

Robinson caught nine passes for 100 yards on Sunday before he left the loss to the Detroit Lions. He ends his rookie season with 23 catches for 227 yards with one score in six games (three starts).

Wide receiver depth has been a constant concern for the Giants this season with purported No. 1 receiver Kenny Golladay bumped down the pecking order based on production and injuries.

The Giants traded 2021 first-round pick Kadarius Toney to the Chiefs for third- and sixth-round picks last month.

Sterling Shepherd was placed on injured reserve on Sept. 28 with a torn ACL, joining Collin Johnson among players at that position lost for the year. Johnson went on IR in August with a torn Achilles.

With more changes atop the depth chart, the Giants might be even more eager to sit down with Odell Beckham Jr. A free agent planning to take a closer look at his options starting this week, Beckham had ACL surgery following the Super Bowl in February.

He’s scheduled to meet in-person later this week with the Giants and Cowboys and could consider others, FOX Sports reported Sunday.

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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, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (3) grabs his left knee in the second quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Odell Beckham Jr. says torn ACL didn’t occur during Super Bowl

Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was believed to have torn his left anterior cruciate ligament during Super Bowl LVI.

Only the free agent doesn’t believe it.

Beckham, who joined the world champion Los Angeles Rams from the Cleveland Browns midway through the 2021 season, tweeted Saturday night that the injury occurred before the big game.

“Krazy thought … really played the whole back half of the season without an acl, and won a super bowl! God doesn’t misss, i swea,” he wrote.

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.

He left the Rams’ 23-20 win over the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI on Feb. 13 with what was believed to be a new injury.

During the second quarter, 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 the 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.

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.

Rams chief operating officer Kevin Demoff told The Athletic last month that the Rams and Beckham, 29, would like to work out a deal for him to return in 2022.

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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

Report: Rams hope to reach deal with WR Odell Beckham Jr.

The Los Angeles Rams remain hopeful they can bring wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. back for the 2022 season.

Team chief operating officer Kevin Demoff told The Athletic in an interview Monday that he doesn’t have a timeline to re-sign Beckham, who is recovering from a torn left ACL he sustained in the Rams’ Super Bowl LVI victory in February. He said both sides have had an “open dialogue.”

“If we didn’t have a salary cap, we could’ve signed Odell months ago and would’ve loved to,” Demoff said. “Is it a multi-year deal, is it a one-year deal? All kinds of variables that come into Odell.

“The one variable that hasn’t changed is how much we love him and want him to be here. I think he’s expressed, over social, his desire to be here. Am I optimistic we can get a deal done over time? Yes.”

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

Beckham, 29, 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, the three-time Pro Bowl selection has totaled 531 catches for 7,367 yards and 56 touchdowns.

At the position, the Rams have Cooper Kupp, who won NFL Offensive Player of the Year after earning the receiving “Triple Crown” in 2021. The team signed him to a three-year, $80.1 million contract extension last week, and they added Allen 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. 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

Reports: OBJ, Christian McCaffrey test positive for COVID-19

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey have tested positive for COVID-19, multiple media outlets reported Tuesday.

Also on Tuesday, the Cleveland Browns were placed in enhanced COVID-19 mitigation protocols after putting eight players — six from the active roster — on the reserve/COVID-19 list. The players are wide receiver Jarvis Landry, offensive tackle Jedrick Wills Jr., tight end Austin Hooper, guard Wyatt Teller, defensive end Takkarist McKinley, guard Drew Forbes, wide receiver JoJo Natson (practice squad) and tight end Ross Travis (practice squad).

Kansas City Chiefs’ Pro Bowl defensive tackle Chris Jones was placed in COVID-19 protocols, meaning he likely will be unable to play Thursday night in an AFC West showdown against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Beckham would be the sixth Rams’ player to be added to the reserve/COVID-19 list, joining running back Darrell Henderson, tight end Tyler Higbee, cornerbacks Jalen Ramsey and Dont’e Deayon as well as right tackle Rob Havenstein.

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 (9-4) 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.

McCaffrey, who was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, already has been ruled out for the season with an ankle injury.

McCaffrey, 25, finished the season with 442 yards on 99 carries to go with 343 yards on 37 receptions. He scored one rushing and one receiving touchdown each.

Jones, 27, has played in 11 games (all starts) on the season. He has 20 tackles (six for loss), seven sacks and 14 quarterback hits. He was a Pro Bowl selection each of the past two seasons.

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