Why the Dallas Cowboys make the most sense for Odell Beckham Jr.

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The Dallas Cowboys are often linked with the biggest names in football, whether they are actually available or not. In this case, one of the most well-known players still available on the free agent market rightfully comes into its own for the ‘Boys. New Super Bowl champion Odell Beckham Jr. became a free agent at the start of the offseason in March, but still doesn’t have a contract for the upcoming season.

But the factors that led to this point were very unique to OBJ. After tearing his ACL in front of millions of spectators in an inspired performance in February, he has spent the offseason recovering from surgery that typically takes 9-12 months to recover, if not longer.

Although his free agency market hasn’t kicked off yet, once he’s ready to show he can run routes and cut with confidence, Beckham will likely generate a lot of interest across the league. The Los Angeles Rams have loudly proclaimed that they hope to retain the three-time Pro Bowl receiver. But they also have Cooper Kupp, Allen Robinson and Van Jefferson to go along with 2021 second-round pick Tutu Atwell, whom they probably want to receive more reps.

From OBJ’s perspective, the Rams might not make the most sense once he’s ready to step onto the court, hoping to make an immediate impact. While the ongoing chemistry with Matthew Stafford would be nice to pick up where things left off, I think Beckham is confident in his ability to make it work with any capable quarterback.

But if there’s one team that makes more sense to Beckham than any other, it’s the Dallas Cowboys.

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Sudden need for depth WR

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The Dallas Cowboys traded Amari Cooper to the Cleveland Browns this offseason in an effort to gain space. Mission accomplished, but they haven’t done much to bring in talent to replace Cooper’s production. They selected Jalen Tolbert in the third round of the draft, but relying on a rookie can spell trouble, especially for a team that has its sights set on the playoffs.

Another receiver recovering from injury and Cooper’s likely replacement is Michael Gallup. But he recently publicly stated that being ready for Week 1 is “not a reasonable possibility“. Gallup is currently on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) team roster, and if he’s still there at the start of the regular season, he’s guaranteed to miss the first four games.

Then came free agent signee James Washington’s foot injury on August 1. He should miss between 6 and 10 weeks.

Aside from CeeDee Lamb, who is set to reprise his role as Dak Prescott’s top option, and their group of tight ends, the total output of the remaining receivers on the team totals 39 receptions and 425 receiving yards, all from Noah Brown.

That should be a major concern for Jerry Jones and Co. Prescott can’t rely solely on Lamb and Dalton Schultz, not if they’re aiming to repeat as the league’s top scoring offense. Offensive coordinator Kellen Moore must be hoping he gets another receiver added to the roster in some form before camp breaks.

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Dallas Cowboys can put the spotlight back on Odell Beckham

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If the Cowboys still need a receiver when Beckham is 100% healthy, it makes too much sense not to look into the 29-year-old receiver. There was a time when Beckham was among the best, if not the best receiver in football. Although it’s been six full years since OBJ showed off that Pro Bowl talent for a full year, he got a chance to show off his skills again once he landed in Los Angeles.

Beckham had 593 receiving yards in 12 games with the Rams. That translates to about 840 yards over a full 17-game season. But you have to remember that OBJ also had to learn a new system and work on his timing with his new quarterback once he joined Matt Stafford. Who says Beckham isn’t capable of much more?

We still saw glimpses of how Odell can dominate the game, even if it wasn’t throughout the contest. But that’s fine too. Whoever signs Beckham does not do so with the idea that he will become their best option. He’ll likely look for another situation where he can play with an above-average quarterback who can help him compete for another Super Bowl. But I just don’t see him signing to be a team’s third or fourth receiver like he would in Los Angeles with the Rams. Why not try putting the star on his helmet and potentially become Prescott’s second option?

In the media market in which Dallas plays, even a small success would lead to Beckham once again becoming a hugely popular player around the world. Who knows, maybe he may even be the missing link to help them have more playoff success. But first, they have to get there. I’m not sure their current receiving corps has enough to scare off opponents, but that could change if OBJ joins the crew.

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