Less than a week ago, Jerry Jones said Odell Beckham Jr. “is going to join” the Dallas Cowboys.
That tone has since shifted.
Jones and the Cowboys have been courting Beckham dating as far back as October. There long has appeared to be mutual interest, but it has been tough to get a real read on the situation since he visited Dallas earlier this month.
Beckham has said he doesn’t see the point in playing during the regular season, and Jones has admitted there was some concern about not seeing the wideout work out. There also was a rumor that Beckham might just sit out the rest of the season, which came out shortly before Jones’ remarks to USA Today that there is a "good chance" Beckham joins the Cowboys.
So, it isn’t totally clear where things stand. Addressing the situation in his weekly Tuesday appearance on “Shan and RJ,” Jones sounded a lot less optimistic.
“I don’t have an assessment of that, but as of this morning we don’t have anything. I don’t have an assessment,” Jones said. “The reality is though that time is moving down the road relative to playing in the playoffs, and so every day diminishes our chances of going forward.”
Even if Beckham signed with the Cowboys this week, he all but certainly wouldn’t be active for Saturday’s game against the Eagles. That would give him, at best, two regular season games to ramp up before the postseason.
Maybe that would be enough, especially for someone who seems to think he’d be perfectly fine jumping back in for the first time this season in the playoffs. But Jones’ point still remains, the two sides are running out of runway to get something done for this season.
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