One of the recurring stories of the 2022 NFL season has been Odell Beckham Jr.'s free agency. The standout wide receiver has enjoyed his time on the open market, being courted by postseason contenders from Weeks 1 through 13.
But there could be more than meets the eye with Beckham's availability. Ed Werder of ESPN reported today on concerns the Dallas Cowboys have regarding Odell's health. The Cowboys had commonly been tabbed as the team most likely to sign OBJ this season.
Werder tweeted: "Source: The Cowboys have concerns after Odell Beckham Jr.’s physical that his recovery from torn left ACL in Super Bowl has not progressed enough to ensure he would play before mid-January and possibility exists signing him would have no benefit until 2023 season."
If Werder's report is accurate, this theory would answer questions as to why Beckham is still on the open market. The former Super Bowl champion has ostensibly been available as a plug-and-play option for a contender in need of depth at WR, yet he remains sidelined with no major traction as Week 14 approaches.
Who knows if the Cowboys possess legitimate concern, or if this is their way of negotiating Beckham's asking price through the press. If enough teams are concerned that Odell is damaged goods, after all, that may dull the market for his services.
For what it's worth, Werder hasn't been the only one to share these sentiments on the Cowboys' behalf. Fellow ESPN reporter Todd Archer commented on Beckham's health status in a tweet thread Tuesday.
"It was telling, IMO, that Jerry put no timeline on OBJ signing, which seems odd," Archer said. "Plus we have not seen videos on social media of OBJ running and cutting, and he’s not working out for teams.
It might be in OBJ’s best interest to just wait for 2023 when he’s not only fully recovered but fully ready to practice."