The coach said Wednesday he plans to meet the star receiver Thursday after Beckham gets his post-operation checkup with team trainers. Beckham underwent core-muscle surgery on Tuesday.
"I'm looking forward to sitting down with Odell face to face," Stefanski said, via Mary Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer. "At that point, that's when I can start laying out my expectations for Odell and for all of our players."
Beckham's followed an up-and-down 2019 season with a series of offseason issues, including incidents after LSU's championship victory in New Orleans. He was seen on video handing LSU players money, and in a separate instance was seen slapping a security office on the backside in the locker room after the game. The NFL is still monitoring the events of that night.
Stefanski hopes to strike up a relationship with the talented receiver, whose off-field drama has overshadowed his on-field play the past several seasons.
"I don't have a relationship yet with Odell, so we need to sit down and get to know each other," he said. "He needs to get to know me, I need to get to know him, and then we're going to move forward with our eyes ahead to 2020."