Jerry Jones willing to “go for it” at trade deadline, previously expressed love for OBJ
Eight days ago, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told reporters that he didn’t think his team needed to make any trades unless someone with the “magnitude of getting a Deion Sanders on this team” came up.
Since then, Jones traded for Las Vegas Raiders DT Johnathan Hankins, praised free agent Odell Beckham Jr., and altered his narrative about trading just days before the Nov 1 trade deadline.
Even though the Dallas offense was absolutely cruising on Sunday, resulting in a 49-29 win over the Chicago Bears, Jones seemed to think he’d be willing to make moves to this roster if it meant taking this now 6-2 team to a Super Bowl.
To get there, maybe the front office is willing to trade draft capital to add some current wide receiver juice? Although Michael Gallup had a complete turnaround game in Week 8 and CeeDee Lamb looked great, Noah Brown is hurt and James Washington has yet to return from injury. Plus, even when Washington does return, there’s no guaranteeing how long it’ll take to get him back to game form.
With Sunday’s game being just two days before the trade deadline, reporters understandably asked Jones if he plans to make any moves. His answer was much different than a variation of “Deion Sanders or no.”
Here’s what he told 105.3 The Fan’s, Kevin Gray Jr.:
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he’s willing to “go for it” before the trade deadline after complimenting Odell Beckham Jr. earlier in the week
Jones also told Michael Gehlken that although he believes in Jalen Tolbert (who’s done a whole lot of nothing), his tight ends, and believes Washington will be back soon, it’s not off the table:
"“We’ll just see. We will see. We don’t have to do anything, but …if it’s right, we’ll do something.”"
These quotes come just two days after Jones turned heads in a radio interview when complimenting current free agent Odell Beckham Jr.
The Cowboys GM mentioned that he admired OBJ’s game, and specifically pointed out that his one-handed catch while with the New York Giants was one of the greatest he’s ever seen. That, of course, was accompanied by pointing out Dez Bryant’s “catch” against Green Bay.
Currently, OBJ is still recovering from a torn ACL that he suffered in his Super Bowl win with the Rams last season. The 29-year-old is a free agent and is allegedly waiting to be further along in his recovery before signing with his next team. The rumors about the wide receiver have been all over the place. People have suspected that he’s going to a number of different teams, including the Cowboys.
Beckham Jr. also previously noted that his family is filled with Dallas fans.
He said this to Jon Machota of The Athletic back in 2020:
"“All of my family grew up in Texas so they are all huge Cowboy fans. It has always been kind of a funny story with them as far as being in New York and them being in Dallas. I do not have any animosity, hate or rivalry with them.”"
While Beckham Jr. has stated that he doesn’t have a specific timeline for his return, this all seems a bit ironic.
Other names associated with Dallas have been wide receivers Brandin Cooks, Chase Claypool, and D.J. Moore.
No matter what happens, you can guarantee that Jones’s phone will be ringing a lot for the next 24 hours. Until Tuesday’s deadline, we wait.