We don’t know what Odell Beckham’s plans are for Thanksgiving or his return to the NFL. But if any player from two NFC East contenders is to be believed, Beckham could be very interested in the quarterback on Thursday.
The teams that will play on that team — the New York Giants at the Dallas Cowboys — are among those still trying to sign free agent Beckham, who spent the year rehabilitating from a torn ACL he suffered in Super Bowl LVI as a member of the Los Angeles Rams.
Whether they are the two biggest contenders for Beckham’s services is another discussion. But both the Cowboys and Giants players act as if their team is likely to land him, and they treat their upcoming showdown like the Beckham Bowl.
“I don’t think it will hurt!” Injured Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepherd told the New York Daily News about the possibility of OBJ returning to New York.
Sterling and Beckham were teammates from 2016 to 2018. They talk “every day,” Shepherd said, adding that Beckham would “love” joining the Giants, though he added that he and Beckham aren’t talking about waiting for him. The resolution is “too much”.
Still, Shepherd believes Thursday is important — for the Giants and their chances of bringing Beckham home.
“To be honest with you, I don’t think it would hurt,” Shepherd said. “We’re going to have a very big win, a big win for us. It certainly wouldn’t hurt. I can tell that.”
the problem? The Cowboys speak with confidence as if they could land an OBJ, too.
“He knows how much I want him here, and a lot of these guys in this locker room that I’ve seen have communicated to themselves in different ways (to make sure) that he understands that this is a team he can help him with,” said Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott. “And we want him to come help.”
But how does Beckham feel? Prescott was asked.
“Mutual, sincerely, mutual,” he said.
It seems like hiring isn’t just a matter of college sports this time of year.
“Right now, I think who can recruit better,” said Prescott. “Yeah, I don’t necessarily know what he’s looking for when it comes to numbers and long-term and all that. But I know we want him here, and I hope it all works out.”
According to NFL Network insiders Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport, Beckham is expected to visit the Giants and Cowboys as he prepares to sign. Other teams mentioned as possible landing sites include the San Francisco 49ers, Buffalo Bills, and Kansas City Chiefs. Perhaps the winner of Thursday’s game will have an advantage when the Beckhams finally get to their city.