Odell Beckham has a choice to make as he nears the end of his rehab from a torn ACL. It’s one a good portion of the NFL will watch with great interest.
The top receiver available on the free agent market will have his choice of signing with one of several teams in need of a quality depth piece (or, in some cases, a true top wideout). He made a similarly important decision in 2021, forcing the Browns to release him before signing on with the Rams for their Super Bowl run.
Beckham’s time in Los Angeles was short-lived, but impactful: He finished with 27 catches for 305 yards and five touchdowns in the regular season, adding another 21 catches for 288 yards and two scores in the playoffs.
Even at 30 years old, Beckham stands to provide an immediate impact on any offense. That’s why several teams, including the Bills, Chiefs, Cowboys and more, will attempt to land him amid a run to the Super Bowl.
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Now: Where will Beckham sign, and when? Reports indicate Beckham could be fully cleared to play as early as mid-November, though it remains to be seen whether he will take his time in choosing his new destination (or whether he already has one in mind).
Until he ultimately makes his decision, The Sporting News is tracking all the news, updates and rumors for Beckham’s free agency:
Latest Odell Beckham Jr. news
Tuesday, Nov. 8
— Cowboys reporter Clarence Hill Jr. said on Twitter “the ball is in the Cowboys’ court” when it comes to signing Beckham. The receiver would apparently prefer to play in an area with warm weather after his latest injury to him.
Its my understanding that Odell Beckham prefers not to play in a cold weather city. He will for the right deal. But he prefers to be somewhere warm, especially coming off this ACL. The ball is in the Cowboys court#DallasCowboys
— Clarence Hill Jr (@clarencehilljr) November 8, 2022
— Cowboys owner Jerry Jones spoke at length about his interest in Wilson on Dallas radio station KRLD-FM, saying he “could look pretty good” wearing the Cowboys’ iconic helmet:
Speaking on 105.3 The Fan, Jerry Jones backed the WR corps but on Odell Beckham he said, Beckham “is someone we have all the appreciation in the world for, for what he is as a competitor and know that the Cowboys star on the helmet, when he puts it on could look pretty good.”
— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) November 8, 2022
Jones also suggested the team was not worried about Beckham’s ability to recover from a torn ACL, saying he not only did the same thing in 2021 with the Rams, but also has the experience and skill set to offset any worries about his recovery or fit in Dallas’ receiving corps.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones sounded very interested this morning on @1053thefan in the possibility of signing veteran WR Odell Beckham Jr. Jones’ thoughts on the decision-making process: pic.twitter.com/mRig919dts
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) November 8, 2022
Sunday, Nov 6
— Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy says he is “a huge fan” of Beckham, adding he “really loves our receiver group.”
Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said “we really love our receiver group.” But with free agent WR Odell Beckham, “I’ve always been a huge fan of his. …I’ve just heard so many excellent, excellent things about him.”
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) November 7, 2022
— NFL.com reports Beckham is on track to be fully healthy and signed with a team by early December, coinciding with Week 13 of the NFL season. Moreover, NFL.com reported Beckham wants to sign a multi-year contract with a team as opposed to a single-season run as he did with the Rams.
In the same report, NFL.com reported the Cowboys — who didn’t make any moves at the trade deadline — were interested in adding Beckham in free agency. Though Dallas (6-2) has not formally contacted his agent, the team has regardless kept tabs on his health from him.
— Fox’s Jay Glazer reports Beckham is ahead of schedule in his rehab from a torn ACL in Super Bowl 56. Per Glazer, Beckham could be fully cleared to play within a week, which would coincide with Week 10 of the NFL season.
Big news for @obj rehabbing gong so well he’s expected to be fully cleared in the next week. Should be many suitors for his services from him. @NFLonFOX
— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) November 6, 2022
— Glazer added that Beckham will likely sign with a team “that can go win a ring right now.” He also suggested the 49ers could get into a “bidding war” with the Cowboys for Beckham:
Inside Scoop with @NFLonFOX – Week 8! Scoop on @obj‘s recovery & teams expected to be interested, why @brandincooks‘s contract made him untradeable, and the @packers attempting to trade for receiving weapons. pic.twitter.com/8a7rNdpfIr
— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) November 6, 2022
— Complex Sports shares a clip of an upcoming episode of “Volume” in which Beckham name-drops four potential destinations: the Bills, Packers Cowboys and Giants.
“Whether it’s Buffalo, Green Bay calling, the Cowboys, reunion with the Giants…”
Odell Beckham Jr. tells us what he’s looking for in a new home & the playoff teams calling. pic.twitter.com/w1QBjPZnrW
— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) November 6, 2022
“I want to be able to spill my last — I’m not saying I only got three or four left — but these next three or four years, into something where I could buy a home,” Beckham said. “Like, I could call this place home. I’m tired of living out of… suitcases.”
Tuesday, Nov. 1
— Giants general manager Joe Schoen says New York would be interested in adding Beckham once he was “fully healthy.”
Joe Schoen says he would “consider” Odell Beckham Jr. making a return to the Giants: pic.twitter.com/y26zji3nQC
— Giants Videos (@SNYGiants) November 1, 2022
The Giants drafted Beckham with the 12th pick of the 2014 NFL Draft. I have played five seasons in New York before playing for Cleveland from 2019 through partway through the 2021 season.
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Monday, Oct. 31
— ESPN’s Adam Schefter speculates on “The Pat McAfee Show” that the 49ers would be an “intriguing match” for Beckham:
“The 49ers were in on OBJ last year so why wouldn’t they be this season” ~@AdamSchefter#PMSOverreactionMonday pic.twitter.com/NpohM5Vi0e
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) October 31, 2022
“If they keep winning, why would they not look at him?” Schefter said. “They were interested in him last year, I think he’d like to be in LA But look, they could certainly use another wide receiver. … To me, that’s an intriguing match, and we’ll see if the two sides feel the same way that we all do.”
Thursday, Oct. 27
— The Chiefs add Giants receiver Kadarius Toney before the trade deadline, throwing into doubt whether Beckham would sign with Kansas City. The Chiefs — formerly considered a “strong contender” for Beckham — had restructured right end Travis Kelce’s contract, freeing up space for a potential attempt to grab the free agent receiver.
Kelce also addressed the restructure, saying he wanted the rumors about Beckham to be true.
Travis restructured his contract so… @obj unto KC? 👀🤔 @tkelce @JasonKelce pic.twitter.com/pMTSQQxC8k
— New Heights (@newheightshow) October 19, 2022
“I want them (the rumors) to come true,” Kelce said. “I haven’t heard anything. I have not heard anything in the locker room or anything around the facility.
“But I think that something’s in the air for sure. And if it means OBJ … alright now.”