Giants president and co-owner John Mara said he plans to meet with wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. in the near future to discuss his recent behavior that has drawn Mara’s ire. Mara also said the Giants remain committed to Beckham for the long term.
“I will [talk to Beckham] at some point,” Mara told Newsday on Wednesday after the NFL’s fall owners meetings in New York. “I’ve had a number of those conversations with him in the past, but at some point, I’ll probably sit down with him.”
Mara on Tuesday criticized Beckham in the wake of the Giants’ 1-5 start, and took issue with the receiver’s controversial comments in an ESPN interview 10 days ago in which he openly wondered whether quarterback Eli Manning was the reason for the Giants’ offensive ineptitude. Beckham also suggested coach Pat Shurmur was being out-schemed by defensive coordinators, and Beckham suggested he wasn’t entirely happy living in the New York area.
“I wish he would create the headlines by his play on the field, as opposed to what he says and does off the field,” Mara said Tuesday. “I think he needs to do a little more playing and a little less talking.”
Mara believes the controversy over Beckham’s remarks, as well as strong reaction to the owner’s criticism of the receiver, won’t last long. Asked if he believes things will smooth over, Mara said, “Yes, I do.”
“Because I’m an optimist," he said, "that’s why.”
Manning said he thinks he knows what will help ease everyone’s tensions, public and private.
“Everybody’s just got to worry about playing better,” Manning said Wednesday at MetLife Stadium. “That will fix a lot of problems [if] we go out there and just worry about football and proving it on the field.”
Mara, who signed Beckham to a $95-million contract extension over the summer, believes his intentions are good. “Listen, I think he wants to win,” Mara said. “He wants the same things that we want. He’s a work in progress, but I still believe in him.”
Asked if he still believes in Beckham long term with the Giants, Mara said, “Yes.”
With Tom Rock