FRISCO, Texas – If the recent airport incident involving wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has changed the opinions of anyone trying to acquire him, Cowboys owner/GM Jerry Jones is not one of them.
Speaking on 105.3 "The Fan" Tuesday morning, Jones quicky swatted away any notion that Beckham's reported removal from an airplane over the weekend has changed his thoughts on adding him to the team.
"No, it did not," Jones said. "His overall compatibility, his judgement, behavior is not an issue with him. It is with many but not with him. We think he'd fit in really good with us."
And with that, Beckham is still scheduled to meet with the Cowboys at their headquarters in Frisco on Dec. 5. Jones didn't seem concerned that Beckham will meet with other teams before then, including the Giants and possibly the Bills, 49ers and Chiefs – all teams that have been linked to adding the free-agent wide receiver.
Beckham was reportedly escorted off a plane that was scheduled to depart Miami to Los Angeles on Sunday morning when the flight crew feared he was "seriously ill," according to police reports, which indicated Beckham was in and out of consciousness before eventually being asked to leave the plane.
Beckham and his representatives have disputed the incident, calling it "unnecessary" for him to be removed from a flight because he was sleeping before takeoff.
In any regard, it doesn't sound as if the Cowboys are one that is concerned with the incident. In fact, Jones reiterated the point that signing Beckham Jr. is more about this season than anything else, although the wide receiver is reportedly asking for a multi-year contract.
"This year has to be a big part of it," Jones said of a potential contract with OBJ. "We have six regular season games and the playoffs, so in my mind, we have almost the whole show ahead of us. We got to have a situation where he can really contribute now."
Beckham Jr. suffered a torn ACL injury in the Super Bowl back in February and has been rehabbing as a free agent.
The eight-year veteran spent the first five years of his career with the Giants (2014-18) before being traded to the Browns. Cleveland traded OBJ to the Rams early last season and he helped them win a Super Bowl, although he was injured early in the game.