Fresh off throttling the Colts, albeit after a longer-than-expected scare that reached the end of the third quarter, the Dallas Cowboys’ recruitment of Odell Beckham Jr. has taken centerstage once again.
From Day 1, the chase for Beckham felt like a two-horse race between the Cowboys and Beckham’s former team, the Giants. After defeating New York handily on Thanksgiving – dubbed the “Beckham Bowl” by NFL Twitter – Dallas’ odds to win the sweepstakes seemingly increased.
As of this weekend, Beckham planned to take visits with three teams – the Cowboys, Giants and Bills. After visiting East Rutherford and Orchard Park, the coveted receiver caught a flight to Arlington, where he’s scheduled to spend Monday and Tuesday.
After openly recruiting Beckham for weeks on social media and to the media at every turn, you had a feeling the Cowboys would have something special planned.
To say that became reality would be an understatement.
How does treating Beckham to a Mavericks game with Trevon Diggs and Micah Parsons sound? As far as recruitment pitches go, it’s tough to do better than this, and you have to think Dallas is the favorite to land OBJ’s signature … if they weren’t already.
Cowboys stars Trevon Diggs and Micah Parson attend Mavericks game with free target Odell Beckham Jr.
Look, taking Beckham to a Mavericks game – however entertaining – is not going to sway his decision. The real sales pitch was in private meetings with (presumably) Jerry and Stephen Jones, other high-ranking executives, head coach Mike McCarthy and perhaps offensive coordinator Kellen Moore.
With that said, team camaraderie is a huge deal. Beckham is already familiar with several players in the Giants’ locker room, including Saquon Barkley and Sterling Shepard. Even Landon Collins, though a mainstay on the practice squad these days, is back with the team.
It’s certainly not a nothing-burger that Beckham (seemingly) is friendly with some of the biggest personalities and best players in Dallas’ locker room. And he has the respect of his potential new quarterback, too.
If you still don’t buy in that Beckham’s coming to Dallas, the three-time Pro Bowler gave a strong hint to NBA reporter Tim MacMahon while sitting courtside.
Already the center of attention, Cowboys and Mavericks fans left no doubt that Beckham was a royal guest.
During a break in action against the Suns, American Airlines Center erupted with an “OBJ” chant after the 30-year-old was shown on the jumbotron.
Great capper to an awesome night.
What do you say, OBJ? Can we make this official already?