The Cowboys have a plan. They always do. As for free agent wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., the plan is currently not doing Beckham any good.
He visited the Giants and Bills. There have been no leaks about a physical exam for Beckham, who suffered a torn ACL in February. Then came the Cowboys. Then there were leaks.
Consider this from ESPN’s Ed Werder, who covered The Cowboys for years: “Cowboys there is concern after Odell Beckham Jr.’s medical that his recovery from a left anterior cruciate ligament tear in the Super Bowl did not advance enough to ensure that he plays until mid-January and there is a possibility that his signing will not be of any use until the 2023 season.”
So who did it come from? Camp Beckham? Never. It only came from the Cowboys. And obviously the Cowboys wanted it.
At some point, it was revealed that the Cowboys may have been negotiating with Beckham to get the Giants to pay more. Now, it looks like the Cowboys are trying to get Beckham to charge less — or more accurately, not push for a contract that extends beyond 2022. They may also be trying, one league source believes, to appease players and fans who have been demanding that the Cowboys sign Beckham.
A source called the team’s decision to go public with negative information about Beckham’s knee “astounding.” There was even a suggestion that Beckham, who recently sued Nike for breach of contract, should sue the Cowboys for violating his medical privacy rights.
“How could he even consider signing a contract there now?” the source asked.
While this will indeed help players decide not to sign Beckham, players need to understand that this is how the game is played. And at some point, any of them may be on the wrong side of said game.
So yeah, that’s a bad image for the Cowboys. And no, Beckham doesn’t have to sign a contract there.
That should motivate him to take what he can get with another team for the rest of 2022 and then become a free agent in 2023, go public and get paid.