Odell Beckham Jr. has been working on narrowing down his options over the last several weeks. As it stands, the Dallas Cowboys appear to be the front runners in landing the wide receiver. This has been met with widespread joy in the Cowboys fanbase, but would signing OBJ really be a net positive?
Signing Beckham might result in some issues for Dallas. Here are three reasons why the wide receiver could be all glitz and no glamor for America's Team:
#1 - Odell Beckham Jr. can be a distraction
OBJ has a flair for the dramatic and is always in the media spotlight. This has been a distraction for his teams previously. While he was with the New York Giants, he infamously engaged in antics with inanimate objects. In one game, he hit a kicking net with his helmet in frustration, but the net swung back and hit him.
In a later game, he acted out a make-up with the aforementioned net. He was part of the infamous boat party that took place in the leadup to the playoffs near the end of Eli Manning's career. OBJ fell out spectacularly with Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns, resulting in a lot of noise and his release. It could also be argued that this spelled the end for Mayfield with the franchise too.
In recent weeks, Beckham Jr. was kicked off a flight for refusing to cooperate with staff. Beckham brings the spotlight wherever he goes and he has the potential to cause trouble if things don't go to plan.
#2 - Odell Beckham Jr. has seen a dip in production as he has aged
While Beckham has proven to be as good as anyone at times in his career, he's seen a downturn in production in recent seasons. His most recent 1,000 yard campaign was in 2019. Since then, the most he's produced is 537 yards and five touchdowns.
OBJ is also coming off a torn ACL injury. He has a worrying history of such injuries and there are concerns that he may not be the player he used to be. Odell Beckham Jr. is also 30 years old, so should be starting to regress anyway. This should give the Cowboys reason to pause.
#3 - The Cowboys are already dominating in this season
As it stands, the 9-3 Cowboys are one of the hottest teams in the NFL and seem to be hitting the right gear at the right time. While they still trail the Philadelphia Eagles in the division race, many expect them to pass them by winning their matchup later this year.
In other words, the team is already firing on all cylinders and team chemistry is a fragile thing. The old "it ain't broke, don't fix it" motto applies here. To wrap up the season, Dallas will face the Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Philadelphia Eagles, Tennessee Titans, and Washington Commanders. Meanwhile, the Eagles face the New York Giants twice, the Cowboys, Chicago Bears, and the New Orleans Saints. In the eyes of many, the Cowboys are shaping up to win out.
The Cowboys already have the schedule on their side to wrap up the campaign. Of course, if they stumble, signing Odell Beckham Jr. might make sense, but right now, adding him seems like a needless risk.