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When the Cowboys signed TY Hilton last Monday, it was immediately thought to close the door on any potential Odell Beckham Jr. signing. The reality was very different.

After signing Hilton, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones called Beckham to make a run at signing him, sources said. In fact, since Beckham left Dallas after his free agent visit, Jones has spoken directly with him almost exclusively to discuss a potential contract.

When the Cowboys signed Hilton, a member of the organization actually asked Hilton. “How would you feel if we signed Beckham too,” according to a source familiar with the team’s dealings. Hilton’s response was as follows. “That’s great. I’m here to win the Super Bowl.” Hilton would be totally fine with that.

The Cowboys might have been Beckham’s landing spot (compared to his other suitors, the Giants and Bills), but the timing didn’t work out, and neither did the contract discussions.

Beckham wants guaranteed money this year and next, but he still has at least four weeks left to play football and possibly as many as six.

His second ACL tear is progressing well and a full recovery is expected, but it’s clear he won’t be ready to play in the regular season. That brought things to a screeching halt.

However, Jones continues to have conversations with Beckham, taking over all of the recruiting. At different times, he is optimistic and hopeful that it will happen.

Jones told USA TODAY on Thursday: “Odell is going to join us. . . . There’s a good chance he’ll join for the full purpose of getting ready for the playoffs or two, and then I’ll look to the future.” He later reiterated on the radio that there was a good chance.

Alas, none of that has happened yet. Without a dramatic twist, the wait will continue.

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