The Dallas Cowboys’ courtship of wide receiver Odell Beckham began with a meeting with team doctors and trainers Monday afternoon.
And it continued well into the night with the three-time Pro Bowler sitting court side next to the Phoenix Suns bench at the Dallas Mavs game with linebacker Micah Parsons and cornerback Trevon Diggs in seats owned by the Jones family.
In between, Beckham met with owner Jerry Jones and the coaching staff, led my coach Mike McCarthy. The Cowboys hope the visit will result in a contract with a player they believe can be a difference maker in a push for a Super Bowl for the first time since 1995.
Beckham didn’t offer much insight into his decision when approached by reporters at the Mavs game.
“Everything is good, man,” Beckham said as he walked in the building with the Cowboys contingent. “Everything is nice. I plead the fifth on everything else.”
When asked later at his court side seat about his chances of signing with the Cowboys by ESPN, Beckham offered: “It’s a good possibility.”
The fans at American Airlines Arena did their part by chanting “OBJ! OBJ!” when Beckham was shown on the Jumbotron.
Beckham, who has not been with a team since suffering a torn ACL in the Super Bowl last February with the Los Angeles Rams, is also considering the Buffalo Bills and New York Giants.
When McCarthy was asked if the Cowboys were recruiting Beckham or trying to get to know him, he said, “I would say recruiting him, he’s obviously been to two other teams. I think it’s just like anything in these situations, this is clearly unique because of the timing of it.”
The Cowboys (9-3) will host Beckham again at the team headquarters at the Star in Frisco on Tuesday when he will meet with the team leadership council, led by quarterback Dak Prescott.
The Cowboys hope a deal will get done shortly thereafter, though Beckham plans to wait until Wednesday to make a final decision after consulting with his family.
The Cowboys are considered the favorites to land Beckham and have been the most vocal and public about adding him to their team.
McCarthy said he has never been part of such a process this late in the season.
“I think just like anything, until you sit down in front of one another and everybody gets the information, you truly don’t know exactly where everything stands.”