Dallas Cowboys Unsure of Free Agent Wide Receiver OBJ's health

The Dallas Cowboys are in the middle of an extended courtship with free agent wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., and in the closing moments, they're trying not to appear too thirsty. Owner Jerry Jones said during an appearance with 103.5 The Fan that he was "not confident at all" when asked if the team would be comfortable signing Beckham without a workout. Beckham's celebrity is such that the severity of his injury and the likelihood of his potency this year have been obscured. The wide receiver tore his ACL in the Los Angeles Rams' 23-20 Super Bowl  LVI win over the Cincinnati Bengals earlier this year. It was his second ACL tear since 2020.

Excluding a Rams' 2021 postseason run in which he averaged a solid 72.0 yards per game, Beckham has demonstrated limited effectiveness and reliability since leaving the New York Giants in 2019. He totalled 1891 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns at a middling 7.3 yards per target in three years with the Cleveland Browns and Los Angles Rams. At 30 years old and with another significant injury on his resume, there's no guarantee he can be a meaningful contributor this year, particularly at this late stage in the season.

Beckham initially entered the league as the 12th overall pick of the Giants in the 2014 NFL Draft. He immediately announced himself as a supernova star in the league, nabbing 91 receptions for 1305 yards and 12 touchdowns in only 12 appearances during his sensational rookie season. He opened his career with three consecutive Pro Bowls for a largely irrelevant Giants team before injuries and mediocre quarterback play sapped his potency from 2017 on.

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