The New York Giants will have the first crack at attempting to sway free-agent wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Giants are set to host Beckham Jr. for a visit on December 1 and 2. The three-time Pro Bowler will then meet with the Buffalo Bills and then the Dallas Cowboys on December 5.
All three teams confirmed to visit are in the playoff mix. Rapoport has been told that more teams could host a visit to Beckham and that the 30-year-old has been cleared from his ACL rehab as he suffered a torn ACL injury in Super Bowl LVI.
Beckham will have a chance to reunite with his first team (New York drafted Beckham in the first round of the 2014 draft). He previously visited the Giants in October to see former teammate Sterling Shepard after he tore his ACL in September but didn’t meet with the Giants’ upper management at the time.
The Giants could use a boost after losing their second straight game on Thanksgiving for the first time this season.
Cowboys Seem Like Prime Landing Spot for Beckham
The Giants lost to the Cowboys on Thanksgiving as both teams are potential suitors for Beckham. Dallas winning most likely won’t be the ultimate factor in Beckham’s final decision, but it could likely play a role.
Beckham had a reaction to the 28-20 Cowboys win.
Toward the end of the fourth quarter, Beckham tweeted, “Happy Thanksgiving” with an eye and laughing emoji.
On November 8, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said that the team is intrigued with the idea of Beckham signing with Dallas.
“Odell is someone that we have all the appreciation in the world for what he is as a competitor,” Jones said on 105.3 FM The Fan in Dallas, via The Athletic. “I know the Cowboys star on that helmet when he puts it on could look pretty good. … We may or may not get something done as far as adding at WR but, if we don’t, I like where we are.”
The Cowboys are 2-1 since that quote from Jones and have beaten the Minnesota Vikings and Giants by at least eight points in each game. They are now 8-3 and hold a one-game lead over the Giants.
Still, quarterback Dak Prescott has pitched in as a recruiter for Beckham.
“I’ve definitely sent some messages,” Prescott told reporters on Tuesday. “He knows how much I want him here, and a lot of the guys in this locker room have reached out on their own in different ways — to make sure he understands this is a team he can help. And we want him to come help.”
Don’t Count Out Giants in Beckham Sweepstakes
The Giants drafted Beckham in the first round of the 2014 Draft. During his five seasons in New York, he made it to three Pro Bowls with the Giants. He eclipsed 1,000 receiving yards in four out of his five years with the team.
Beckham’s high school coach, Nelson Stewart, believes that Beckham could be intrigued signing with New York over Dallas.
“If I’m a betting man right now, I’d flip a coin between New York and Dallas,” Stewart told The New York Post on November 14. “It’s tight. But of all the teams I’ve heard about, the one that really resonates a little bit more is New York.”
Stewart added that Beckham “loved” his time with the Giants.
“His end in New York was abrupt at a time of turmoil, and it had a cloudiness to it,” Stewart told The Post. “I think to go back to where it all started would be amazing for Odell. He’s grown up a lot, he’s grounded and he loves being a dad. He’s just in a great spot now. To me New York is a win-win.”
CBS Sports’ Josina Anderson also said on Friday, via the New York Post, that Beckham is looking more in terms of the long-term with his next deal.
“The desire for him to get this one right, make it his home and make it the team that he can really stick with throughout the rest of his career and to cement the legacy of his career,” Anderson said.
The Cowboys could offer a deeper playoff run for Beckham in 2022.
But the Giants have the ammo in the draft, coaching and upper management as well as cap space for 2023 and beyond to make Beckham feel right at home again.