Cowboys put on full-court press for recruitment of Odell Beckham Jr.

FRISCO – Day 1 of the Odell Beckham Jr.recruiting visit started midday at The Star where the free agent wide receiver met with cowboys‘officials and took a physical.

From there, Beckham left Collin County and ventured to Dallas County with linebacker Micah Parsons and cornerback Trevon Diggs to watch the Mavericks play the Suns on Monday night near downtown Dallas.

“He’s a superstar,” Beckham said of Diggs. “Look at these two. This is the dynamic duo.”

There was plenty of star power at the American Airlines Center between NFL and NBA players. But there was only one star without a place of employment: Beckham.

And still fans erupted in chants of “OBJ” when the free-agent wide receiver was shown on the video board during the third quarter of the Mavericks game.

He’s visited three teams in the last few days, New York Giants, Buffalo Bills and now the Cowboys, as he tries to find a new place to call home.

The Cowboys believe they have the necessary salary cap space and room on the field to make this happen.

“Everything is good, man,” Beckham said of the meetings on Monday. When asked what occurred after the meetings he noted, “Just went and grabbed some food.”

Asked about The Star, he said, “Everything is nice. I plead the fifth on everything else.”

Whether the Cowboys sign Beckham is uncertain, quite possibly, the meetings scheduled for Tuesday with the player leadership council might close the deal.

However, a person with knowledge of the talks told The Dallas Morning News the Cowboys have not yet determined whether they will sign Beckham.

Jerry Jones knows he wants to sign Beckham as another jolt to an offense that’s exploded with quarterback Dak Prescott’s return from a fractured thumb.

The Cowboys are averaging 37.1 points per game and 411 yards per game in the six games he’s played.

Imagine what the Cowboys would do if Beckham joins a receiving corps of CeeDee Lamb, Noah Brown and Michael Gallup.

The biggest issue is Beckham’s health, particularly a left knee where he tore his ACL in last season’s Super Bowl.

Beckham said his physical was “good” on Monday.

A point of contention is whether the Cowboys want Beckham to workout just to see him cut and push off that left leg. Beckham hasn’t worked out for any of the teams he’s visited and team owner and general manager Jerry Jones, while admitting he’s uncomfortable with the situation, is accepting he might have to complete a deal without it.

“I’ve seen the healthiest of players not get the snaps you thought they were going to get in,” Jones said after Sunday’s game against the Colts. “So this is not widow’s retirement funds we’re working with here. This has got a lot of risk to it when you’re basically making agreements with players in the NFL.”

This isn’t new territory for Jerry Jones, a man used to employing star receivers from Michael Irvin, Terrell Owens, Keyshawn Johnson, Dez Bryant and quite possibly Beckham.

“There’s just going to have to be some element of understanding we don’t know what might happen and obviously we shouldn’t do anything that would really knock a hole in our ship,” Jones said. “We shouldn’t do that. He certainly shouldn’t knock a hole in his ship either.”

It doesn’t appear Beckham is a hole to any ship, especially to a Cowboys’ group that’s very close. It was evident by the appearance of Beckham at The Star on Monday and with his seating, in the Jones Family seats next to the visitor’s bench, the full court recruitment is on.

“I think it’s just like anything in these situations, this is clearly unique because of the timing of it,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “I’ve never been part of something like this, this late in the season. I think just like anything until you sit down in front of one another and everybody gets the information you truly don’t know exactly where everything stands. But definitely he’s been to two other clubs and I’m glad he’s here and we’ll see how it goes.”

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