Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday that he is not concerned about free agent wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. visiting the Giants and Buffalo Bills before he heads to Dallas as early as next Monday.
“Not at all,” Jones told 105.3 The Fan in Dallas. “As a matter of fact, if you look at what precedes us before you get here, so to speak — physically, coming to visit — I like that. As to other teams, we don’t have anything to take a step back on there.
“And of course, I know what this area is,” the Texas salesman at heart continued. “I know what the Dallas area is. I know what football means to this area. I do know that we’re the most visible team. From that standpoint, there’s a lot of interest in it. Everybody likes to be a part of something that’s substantive, and that’s the Cowboys.”
Like the Giants, Jones said Beckham’s removal from a Miami airplane on Sunday did not change his plans to recruit OBJ.
“No. It did not,” Jones said. “His overall team compatibility, his judgment, his behavior is not an issue with him. It is with many, but not with him.”
Jones said he has found Beckham “very genuine” and “very competitive” in their frequent recent conversations, including a Thanksgiving Day call before the Cowboys dismantled the Giants.
“[He] feels confident, feels good about himself,” Jones said. “I think he breeds confidence. [He’s] very, very compatible. We think he can fit in really good with us.”
Jones said he “may have intermittent conversations” with Beckham throughout this week leading up to an in-person visit with the Cowboys that will happen “as soon as Monday.”
Beckham is scheduled to visit the Giants on Thursday and Friday to kick off this last leg of his free-agent tour.
The Cowboys’ owner stressed that Dallas needs Beckham healthy and productive now in order for him to be a fit. Because Jones is expecting a deep playoff run for his team.
But the Cowboys’ stressed that Dallas needs Beckham healthy and productive now in order for him to be a fit. Because Jones is expecting a deep playoff run for his team.
“We have to have this year,” Jones said. “It’s very important. The things we do are to have him impact this year. This year, of course, has to be a big part of it. We have six regular-season games and the playoffs. We’ve got in my mind almost the whole show ahead of us. We’ve got to have a situation where he can really contribute now.”