It looks like the Dallas Cowboys are the clear favorites to sign a top free agent.
According to a report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter On Sunday, November 27, the Cowboys are the overwhelming favorites to sign Odell Beckham. As one NFL executive notes, Beckham’s next touchdown spot “looks like it’s Dallas.”
“Here’s what an executive at a team linked to Odell Beckham Jr. had to say this weekend about a possible landing spot for the WR free agent: ‘Looks like it’s going to be Dallas. When you’re in Vegas your 2-1 favorite is the Cowboys and everyone else is 5 or 6-1.’”
The 30-year-old wide receiver remains a free agent but should make a decision about his next team soon. Beckham will meet the Cowboys on Dec. 5 and will also meet the New York Giants this Thursday.
In addition to meetings with the Cowboys and Giants, Beckham is also expected to play the Buffalo Bills, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Sunday.
“Beckham plans to visit the Giants on Thursday and Friday, sources familiar with his plans say,” Rapoport said. “After the weekend, Beckham will meet the Cowboys on December 5th. He will also visit the Bills. While there are other teams that could be added to the mix, those visits are the only ones confirmed at this time, the sources say.
While Beckham hasn’t lacked interest from teams around the league—the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs have also been mentioned as possible targets—it’s clear the Cowboys have been the most aggressive in their hunt for the free-agent wide receiver .
Team owner Jerry Jones and the Cowboys players have made no secret of wanting Beckham on the team as they watch their first Super Bowl since 1995.
“Odell could help us,” Jones said after Dallas’ Thanksgiving win over New York. “I think so now. Now we have to adapt it and that’s the challenge here.
Beckham hasn’t played since tearing his cruciate ligament in the Los Angeles Rams’ Super Bowl victory in February. However, he has been cleared to return and is perfectly healthy.
During Jones’ tenure as team owner, Dallas has historically added notable players in pursuit of a Super Bowl. The Cowboys traded defensive end Charles Haley in 1992 and also signed cornerback Deion Sanders in 1995. Both moves paid off with Super Bowl victories in the same seasons.
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“Well, I don’t want to compare,” Jones said when asked the question, “but Odell could help us. I think so now. Now we have to adapt it and that’s the challenge here.
The Cowboys offense was good enough to lead the team to an 8-3 start to the season. However, outside of CeeDee Lamb, they lack an explosive playmaker at catcher. The addition of Beckham, who is a three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver, would obviously make the offense much stronger.
“Well, I think Odell is on his own in how additive he can be, and I believe that,” Jones said. “So we’ll approach it from that point of view.”
Dallas has the added advantage of not only defeating the Giants twice this season, but is a heavy favorite to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. The Cowboys beat the second best team in the NFC, the Minnesota Vikings, 40-3 in Week 11.
At this point, it might come as a surprise if Beckham signs with another team outside of the Cowboys.