Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has confirmed that he is still interested in signing free agent Odell Beckham Jr. After suffering a torn ACL in the Super Bowl LVI, Beckham appeared to be ready to return to action late in the 2022 season.
The Cowboys were mentioned as the team with the biggest chance of signing Beckham but ultimately nothing happened. In the end, Beckham decided to miss the entire 2022 season and he is expected to sign a new team at the start of free agency.
"He’s somebody that I have the same kind of interest that I had in him during the season," Jones told Todd Archer of ESPN.
Odell Beckham is eligible to be signed now and Jerry Jones said he has had indirect contact with the wide receiver and has spoken with Beckham's mother.
"He’s somebody that I have the same kind of interest that I had in him during the season." — Todd Archer (@toddarcher) March 4, 2023
Why the Cowboys didn't sign Beckham in 2022?
In early December, the Cowboys had a meeting with Beckham.
After the meeting, the talks of Dallas signing Beckham cooled off. In early December, Cowboys owner Jones admitted that he wasn't confident in signing Beckham for the remainder of the 2022 season. “I’m not confident at all.
And, so, that’s the issue. 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. 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," Jones explained. Now, Beckham is healthy and expected to find a new home ahead of the 2023 season. It remains to be seen if the Cowboys and Beckham can now work out something.