The New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys will not just be competing against each other on the field this Thanksgiving, but also off the field for the services of Odell Beckham Jr.
The free-agent wide receiver, who has not played this season as he recovered from ACL surgery, is reportedly expected to meet with the two NFC East rivals after Thanksgiving as he looks to make a decision on where to sign, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.
Both the Cowboys and Giants entered Sunday as the top wild-card teams in the NFC, with the Giants (7-2) a game behind the Eagles in the NFC East and Cowboys just two games behind Philadelphia at 6-3.
The 30-year-old Beckham began his career with the Giants. While tumultuous at times, he would be returning to a team under new management from when he was traded to the Cleveland Browns in 2019. Beckham is still close with members of the team, including Saquon Barkley and Sterling Shepard, the latter of whom he visited earlier this year after Shepard tore his ACL.
Meanwhile, Jerry Jones has made it no secret that he would welcome Beckham in Dallas as he tries to add another piece to bolster the Cowboys’ Super Bowl chances in the NFC.
“Odell is someone that we have all the appreciation in the world for what he is as a competitor,” Jones told 105.3 The Fan earlier this month. “I know the Cowboys star on that helmet when he puts it on could look pretty good.”
Beckham reportedly wants a multi-year deal with whoever signs him as well, which could be quite a risk for a 30-year-old receiver coming off of his second ACL injury, but Jones said the team would conduct its due diligence before making a final determination.
“We know that we should be aware that he’s coming off this injury. But he showed [his ability to return from injury] and do it well last year,” Jones said. “So, that would go in the mix real good, his past … dealing with adversity, if you will, injury rehab. I think that tells you a lot.”
Beckham’s desire is to play for a contender and it has been reported previously that the Buffalo Bills, San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs are all potential suitors, although there have not been any reports of him planning to visit those teams as of Sunday morning.