Report: Odell Beckham Jr. plans to visit Cowboys, Giants

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Before the season opener between the Bills and Rams, free agent receiver Odell Beckham Jr. joked. that he might sign with the winner of the match. As the Giants and Cowboys prepare to play in four days, perhaps OBJ will make a similar comment.

NFL Media reports that Beckham plans to visit the giants and the cowboys after Thanksgiving.

It creates an obvious tug of war between bitter rivals for Beckham. And the prize isn’t just getting OBJ, but preventing the other team from getting him; it’s the free equivalent of a 14-point swing.

The Cowboys have shown “the love” to Beckham, who made a difference a year ago when he surprisingly picked the Rams. The Giants haven’t been that aggressive, but they clearly have an interest.

It would be great to see Beckham back with the Giants. Drafted in the first round by the team in 2014, Beckham became a star in New York. But he also became a distraction with sideline outbursts and other antics. His biggest hit happened when he literally hit the net with his helmet and it recoiled and smacked his bare head.

Things got tougher off the field. The Giants signed Beckham to a five-year, $90 million extension in August 2018. Two months later, he sat for one bizarre interview with Josina Anderson, then of ESPN. For unknown reasons, Lil Wayne sat with Beckham for the entire session.

Asked during the interview if the Giants have a problem at quarterback, Beckham said, “Uh, I don’t know.” Asked if he’s happy in New York, Beckham replied, “That’s a tough question.”

After the 2018 season, the Giants dumped Beckham on the Browns, apparently without running the destination past him first.

While the Giants have since undergone a regime change, the ownership remains the same. And then-quarterback Beckham said “I don’t know” if there’s a quarterback problem, Eli Manning (who, despite his usually calm demeanor while playing, agreed regarding OBJ’s antics), continues to work for the team.

Beckham visited the Giants earlier this season without technically visiting them. He stopped at the facility to check the receiver Sterling Shepard, who had suffered a non-contact ruptured cruciate ligament. Beckham did not meet with coaches or executives. (Some in the league still think it should have been reported as an official visit.)

Whether or not the Giants really want Beckham, it would be smart to join the chase, if only to force the Cowboys to pay more for his services. He reportedly wants a prorated contract based on an annual salary of $20 million.

Whether Beckham actually wants to return to the Giants, he’d be smart to do the dance, to get an offer closer to that goal from the Cowboys, or someone else.

The Giants may not be the only team the Cowboys compete with. Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports that “conversations with teamsare on their way. While he doesn’t repeat the message that OBJ plans to visit the Cowboys and Giants, Schefter adds the Chiefs, Bills and 49ers as potentially interested teams.

Both outlets report that a decision is expected after Thanksgiving. So, basically, after you eat your turkey, you prepare your popcorn.

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