HomeHairstyleVon Miller changes tone on Odell Beckham Jr.’s free agency.
Von Miller changes tone on Odell Beckham Jr.’s free agency.
December 20, 2022
Von Miller has been very open about recruiting his friend Odell Beckham Jr. for the Bills. But now he’s letting Beckham do his thing.
The Bills star linebacker, who spoke about his friend and former Rams teammate potentially joining him at Buffalo, explained why Beckham was in no rush to make a decision on his next move.
“The ball is in Odell’s court,” Miller told The Post while discussing his partnership with Doritos. “Anything Odell wants to do, he can do. If Odell wants to sign with the Dallas Cowboys, he can do it. It’s a way for him to do it. If Odell wants to sign with the Buffalo Bills, that’s one way for him to do it…and I don’t want to speak for him or anything like that. I just think the ball is in Odell’s court for whatever he wants to do.
“Whenever he feels comfortable health-wise, whenever he feels comfortable playing football again, he will. He just has to keep taking it easy. And, you know, there’s really no time limit for that. You know, if he doesn’t make the regular season, he’ll make it in the playoffs. If he doesn’t make the playoffs, he will do it in free agency in the spring. So it’s not really a rush.
Beckham – who is about 10 months away from his second ACL tear, sustained during the Super Bowl in February – had visits with the Bills, Giants and Cowboys earlier this month. The Pro Bowl wide didn’t participate in any practice, which would have been a concern for Dallas.
Team owner Jerry Jones, who rolled out the red carpet for Beckham in a high-profile recruitment campaign, told 105.3 The Fan he was “not confident” of the receiver’s signing after visit.
However, Jones appeared to flip on the situation, telling USA Today Sports on Thursday, “Odell is going to join us. Chances are he will, aiming to prepare for a playoff game or two, and then I’ll look to the future. But most of the time it’s now.
Jones’ comments came a week later Beckham said during an appearance on Prime Video’s “TNF in The Shop” that he “[doesn’t] see the interest” to return to the regular season.
“I played football for a long time,” Beckham said at the time. “I’m not saying I couldn’t step in and play [in the] regular season, but I don’t see the point. I really do not know. I prefer to play when that pressure is there.
In a separate receiver move, the Cowboys signed veteran TY Hilton last Monday.
As for Buffalo? Despite re-signing veteran receiver Cole Beasley last week, the AFC East-leading Bills aren’t ruling out Beckham joining the team. GM Brandon Beane said Wednesday, “We didn’t close any doors. We had a good visit with him… We’ll just move on with the guys we have right now, though.
The Giants, meanwhile, have yet to state their stance on a potential Beckham reunion. They also haven’t moved to receiver yet.
Ultimately, Miller, who has been friends with Beckham for eight years, wants him to be happy.
“Step back from recruiter Odell Beckham, being his brother now, I want him to be happy,” Miller told the Post. “I want him to be at peace. Those are some of the things I have, and I wish that for everyone.
“Happy” was also a word that would describe Miller despite his current situation. The 33-year-old pass thrower is out for the rest of the season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee on Dec. 6. Miller sustained the injury in the second quarter of the Bills’ Thanksgiving Day victory over the Lions.
But there are reasons Miller is optimistic despite the injury.
“I feel good,” Miller said. “I have great people around me and a great support system. I think, you know, mentally I’m in a wonderful place. I have a 16-month-old son and I have another son who will be here in Feb. So I’m so excited and I don’t really have any complaints.
As he continues his recovery, Miller is dedicated to being a positive force in the locker room and within the organization.
“Facts will always be facts, and reality will always be reality,” Miller said of his injury. “But I think your attitude to the facts is more important than the fact itself. I have been here for six years. I had several shots trying to win a Super Bowl. I have a lot of shots to recover, and I’m going to be the best supporter I can be for this organization.
“…They brought me here to help young people and really try to establish a championship mindset here with the Buffalo Bills,” added Miller, who signed a six-month, $120 million contract. years in the offseason after winning a Super Bowl with the Rams. in February.
In his spare time throughout rehab, Miller plans to hang out with Beane, whom he has called “the James Bond” of NFL general managers. The linebacker was opened on his desire to become a GM A day.
“I have more free time now to sit down and talk to him about what it takes to be a great GM like him, and to really ask deeper questions,” Miller said.
Miller is also thrilled to be working with Doritos on their #NameThatTriangle social media contest, which is inspired by his famous triangle haircut that he made his debut in September before a game against the Rams.
Until January 15, those with a triangle-inspired haircut can submit a photo or video of their hairstyle, along with the proposed name of the haircut, using #NameThatTriangle and #Entry on Twitter or Instagram to have the chance to win two tickets to Super Bowl LVII.