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18:10: Adding further details to Beckham’s visit schedule, Anderson reports that the three-time Pro Bowler will meet with the Giants before heading to Dallas (Twitter link). In between, he is expected to meet with the Bills. Anderson adds that Beckham and his camp remain in conversation with both the Chiefs and Ravens as he continues to draw significant interest from around the league.

3.30 p.m.: The Cowboys and Giants are about to face each other on the field, but they are also in free agent competition Odell Beckham Jr. The high-profile wideout is believed to be down to NFC East rivals regarding his decision on where to sign.

That decision is expected to come soon, but Beckham’s health is obviously a sticking point in the negotiations. He tore his ACL during last season’s Super Bowl, leading to widespread expectation that an extended absence before 2022 would follow. However, it could extend beyond the immediate future; FOX Sports’ Ralph Vacchiano reports that there is “significant doubt” around the NFL that Beckham will be able to suit up at any point this season.

That may explain the slow process by which the 30-year-old weighs his options. CBS Sports’ Josina Anderson tweets that the Cowboys expect a visit from Beckham in early December, with another team hosting him sometime before then. It represents at least a small shift in the expected timeline for a decision to be made; Beckham had previously reportedly sought to find his next home by the end of this month.

Dallas has consistently been the most vocal team, while Beckham pitched them over a short list of other suitors (which includes the Giants but also, at least recently, the Bills, Chiefs and 49ers). Keep it up, quarterback Dak Prescott has been personally involved in recruiting Beckham, as mentioned (the Twitter) by Clarence Hill Jr. from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The latter has made it known on several occasions that there is mutual interest between him and the Cowboys.

However, members of the Giants are also participating in the bidding war for Beckham’s services. Injured wideout Sterling Shepard has been in conversation with him on a daily basis, as described by Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News.

“I talk to him every day, but we don’t talk about [his decision] Too much,” Shepard said. “Obviously he knows we want him here. He would love to be here. But everything has to play out for that to happen… And I understand that.”

The Giants’ WR room was far from highly touted to begin the year, with the latest major injury suffered this past week (rookie Wan’Dale Robinson‘s torn ACL) leaves the unit severely shorthanded. Beckham could fill a significant void by reuniting with the Giants, though the same still applies to the Cowboys in that regard. Both teams will have a slightly clearer picture of their postseason prospects after today’s game, and they could have a prized acquisition not long after.

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