FRISCO, Texas — As the Dallas Cowboys hosted Odell Beckham Jr. for a pay a visit to Monday and Tuesday, two strains of contemplating emerged.
Should really the 9-3 workforce carry on a large-ceiling expertise in hopes he’s the missing piece, or at bare minimum amount welcome receiver depth, ahead of their Tremendous Bowl press?
Or should really Dallas lower by way of the flash (of course, crew operator Jerry Jones developed lots of it himself) to the substance, critically evaluate Beckham’s rehabilitation from a February ACL tear, and steer clear of the economic and medical chance in favor of allocating snaps and 2023 income-cap space to their existing roster main?
Contemplate some of the posturing from Cowboys brass this week.
In a person interview, an govt reported they’d “probably do something awkward with him” and prioritize reward around possibility for the reason that “we’ve acquired a quarterback [in Dak Prescott] that genuinely could make some tunes with him.” Beckham is “the genuine deal” with tread remaining in his profession. “I want this to get the job done,” the executive emphasized. “I’m heading to be seeking to make it get the job done. I’m going to be seeking for good reasons to do [the deal], not factors not to do.”
Now, take into account a different interview from Cowboys management this 7 days.
“I’m not self-confident at all,” the staff government explained about Beckham’s current health and fitness. “We’ve obtained to arrive in with our eyes wide open up [because] make no error about it: professional medical is massive.” The government declined to verify that a return-to-enjoy timeline after this period would indisputably acquire a deal off the desk. “That’s severe proper there,” the official said. “But this calendar year is paramount.”
The second job interview concluded with the pursuing remarks framing the offer-or-no-deal prospective clients in advance.
“One way or a different, there is not a failure below,” they mentioned. “There’s not disappointment right here.”
From whom, and when, did these remarks appear? The solution is telling.
The 2 sides of Jerry Jones
The first interview, dreaming of rainbows and unicorns and butterflies with Beckham donning the star, came from Jerry Jones. He spoke to reporters until eventually following 11 p.m. Sunday, outdoors the team’s AT&T Stadium locker place pursuing Dallas’ 54-19 victory about the Indianapolis Colts.
Dallas experienced received its ninth sport of the year. Beckham was on his way to pay a visit to the facility mere hours later. Prospect awaited.
The 2nd job interview?
That 1 aired Tuesday starting at 8:30 a.m. CT on Dallas radio station 105.3 The Lover, the Cowboys’ flagship station. Significantly less than 34 several hours had elapsed because Jones’ postgame reviews.
Beckham experienced now satisfied with Jones, McCarthy, head athletic trainer Jim Maurer and director of rehabilitation Britt Brown. He had previously sat courtside at the Dallas Mavericks sport together with Cowboys All-Professional linebacker Micah Parsons and Cowboys All-Pro cornerback Trevon Diggs. More Tuesday meetings awaited, which include a take a look at scheduled with the players on the Cowboys’ leadership council, namely Prescott and working again Ezekiel Elliott.
Amid the buzz of Beckham’s visit, who gave this much extra cautious, hesitant, borderline pessimistic job interview?
None other than the similar male who spoke Sunday evening: Jerry Jones.
Jones’ part with the Cowboys is multifaceted, but most generally divided into two buckets. He is the crew owner. He is also, not like the majority of the NFL’s other 30 homeowners (or the ownership group customers who hold shares in the Green Bay Packers), the team’s basic supervisor. Over the yrs, Dallas media has occur to draw a distinction that head mentor Mike McCarthy has mentioned publicly many instances this calendar year.
When you listen to Jerry Jones speaking, the contemplating goes, consider which Jerry is talking: crew proprietor Jerry or GM Jerry?
Sunday night time, the workforce proprietor and promoter-in-chief was on whole display screen.
Tuesday morning, the basic-manager lens shined far more evidently.
Players pump brakes on Beckham hoopla
On Wednesday early morning, following Beckham had returned household, McCarthy characterised Beckham’s check out as “very positive” and “productive.” Like Jones, he was impressed with Beckham. Like Jones, he concentrated his praise on Beckham’s character relatively than his probable to augment Dallas’ roster.
“I really never have an update” on a timeline, McCarthy stated, filibustering with a reminder that the Cowboys are making ready for a activity Sunday versus the Houston Texans. He said he had not spoken to Jerry Jones, govt vice president Stephen Jones or vice president of player personnel Will McClay about negotiations.
Stopped in the hallway by Yahoo Sporting activities on Wednesday afternoon, Jerry Jones reiterated he had no update to report on negotiations.
“We’re however doing the job on it,” Jones explained, citing the sensitive character of health and fitness discussions when declining to response some queries.
McCarthy declined to affirm if Beckham was completely ready to enjoy. He declined also to share no matter if the staff experienced extended an give to the receiver.
“There are a large amount of variables as significantly as the health care,” McCarthy reported. “Not only do I not converse on the health-related, I really do not communicate on the financial. Which is the organization ingredient of our company.”
Parsons, who visited with Beckham for various several hours at the Mavericks activity, stated Beckham pegged his return-to-play timeline at five months. That would rule out Beckham for the entirety of the standard period. Returning to complete-pace for the postseason would be hard.
The Dallas Morning News’ veteran writer David Moore claimed that Beckham did not perform out or do any “physical activity” during his two-day take a look at. It appears that is contributing to crew hesitancy pertaining to his health.
The tenor of the locker room, as nicely, began to change Wednesday in the aftermath of Beckham’s go to. Multiple gamers indicated in discussions with Yahoo Sports activities that they required to concentrate on the team’s approaching video games and present predicament somewhat than speculate about a participant who is not but healthful sufficient to participate in. Veteran defensive stop DeMarcus Lawrence declined even to verify it was “fair” to see he wished Beckham in house.
“It’s fair to say I’m attempting to achieve a Tremendous Bowl,” Lawrence quipped. “So if he can occur and assist us with that, then of course, I’ll acknowledge him. But if we’re just gonna do the circus, no I really don’t.
“I’m focused on this 12 months, this crew, what we have in this locker space and the journey we’re on.”
Some players fearful about a distraction derailing what they feel can be a specific period.
Could a Beckham offer nevertheless materialize? Neither he nor the workforce have publicly dominated out that chance, even as their silence and inactivity speaks loudly. Could Beckham go unsigned this time, instead signing with a staff in the spring once he’s expected to be not only medically cleared but also completely ready to resume football exercise? Growing sentiment surrounds that notion.
McCarthy reiterated one particular reflection from Tuesday that has characterised this complete higher education-fashion recruitment of Beckham.
“I’ve under no circumstances been section of this variety of predicament in December,” he reported. “This is a very exclusive situation.”
And the Cowboys, as the Beckham recruitment shown spectacularly, are a extremely exclusive group.
Abide by Yahoo Sports’ Jori Epstein on Twitter @JoriEpstein