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Manningham likely done with Giants; Bucs next?

Posted on: February 26, 2012 9:22 am
Edited on: February 26, 2012 2:18 pm
 
INDIANAPOLIS -- While New York Giants' general manager Jerry Reese refused to speculate on the future of Super Bowl hero and soon-to-be-free-agent Mario Manningham, sources at this weekend's NFL scouting combine said there is virtually no chance he is back with the Giants.

Instead, they said, Manningham is expected to follow former Giants assistant Mike Sullivan to Tampa Bay. Sullivan, who was the Giants quarterbacks coach, took a job as Tampa Bay's offensive coordinator.

Manningham was the Giants' third leading receiver last season with 39 catches, but he recently told The Vindicator of Youngstown, Ohio, there was a "75 percent chance" he wouldn't return to the Giants and that he "wants the ball more." With Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz each producing over 1,000 yards in receptions last season, that is unlikely to happen in New York.

But there are other reasons Manningham won't be back, sources said. First, they said, he would know Sullivan's offense, so there is no learning curve. Second, people close to Manningham indicate that he wants to go to a warm-weather club, and last time I checked Tampa Bay qualified on that score. Third, sources said the Giants probably wouldn't make him a contract offer, not only because they believe his price may be too high but because they're more interested in a wide receiver who can line up at more than one or two spots at the position, which, they said, Manningham cannot.

Manningham's 38-yard over-the-shoulder catch led the Giants to a come-from-behind victory over New England in Super Bowl XLVI -- a catch reminiscent of David Tyree's spectactular reception in Super Bowl XLII and a catch that, like Manningham, led the Giants to a comeback defeat of the Patriots.

Tyree never caught another pass for New York, and, it appears, Manningham won't, either.

"He won't be back," one source predicted.





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Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: February 27, 2012 10:24 am
 

Manningham likely done with Giants; Bucs next?

@Mister Peabody   Its called  M-O-N-E-Y!



Since: Oct 9, 2007
Posted on: February 27, 2012 8:33 am
 

Manningham likely done with Giants; Bucs next?

Manningham has made some big catches and had some key moments for the Giants. There are bigger name WR in Free Agency I was hopeful of going after. If indeed this is true then a name like Vincent Jackson pretty much won't happen.



Since: Aug 10, 2011
Posted on: February 27, 2012 7:47 am
 

Manningham likely done with Giants; Bucs next?

Josh Freeman needs some help, so adding Mario Manningham seems like a good fit for both the Bucs and Manningham. 



Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: February 27, 2012 7:06 am
 

Manningham likely done with Giants; Bucs next?

Kind of sounds like a good fit for the Bucs, and Marion Manningham should be able to step in a perhaps be a number one if Mike Williams doesn't come around to his rookie year production. It's a no brainer for the Giants, because they have Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz. I think Mario will miss having Eli Manning throwing to him, but with Josh Freeman and perhaps him being a number one receiver for the Bucs, maybe it will work out. I just hope he doesn't become another Alvin Harper...



Since: Dec 23, 2011
Posted on: February 27, 2012 6:31 am
 

Manningham likely done with Giants; Bucs next?

Williams is a good receiver and had a great rookie year but didnt look to hot this season. To call him a #1 is a little  far fetched the guys had one good season let him have 3 or 4 of them seasons and then start calling him your #1. As for Manningham he makes some nice catches and can break away from defenders but he also drops key passes and makes bonehead mistakes at times. With nicks and cruz i dont see manningham leaving that big of a deal he's replaceable just like Steve Smith was. Let him go to his warm climate area ((who says that )) and we'll wory about getting another ring



Since: Jul 24, 2009
Posted on: February 27, 2012 6:17 am
 

Manningham likely done with Giants; Bucs next?

We have a number 1 in Williams, he will be a good 2 which will open others in this run first offence. Good pick up.


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Since: Feb 27, 2012
Posted on: February 27, 2012 4:01 am
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Since: Feb 27, 2012
Posted on: February 27, 2012 3:08 am
 

Manningham likely done with Giants; Bucs next?

Would rather have a guy like Vincent Jackson or somebody who was the #1 WR rather than the 3rd WR in their lineup...I just don't see him being that #1 WR to provide the consistent threat we need.  Yep, he made a big splash play, but looking at his history, does he constitute becoming the Bucs #1 option???




Since: Mar 11, 2009
Posted on: February 27, 2012 1:51 am
 

Manningham likely done with Giants; Bucs next?

I remember when the Giants drafted him.....He had alot of baggage out of Michigan and I thought he was a steal for Giants....Seems like it took him 3 years to "Get on Field".....1 game does not make a career, but it does make for a great payday....Mario, TYVM for helping Giants win Super Bowl..Take the money and run....Cause thats all you'll get in Tampa...Frown




Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: February 27, 2012 1:19 am
 

Manningham likely done with Giants; Bucs next?

If the Giants can let a guy who had over 100 catches in a year walk (Steve Smith), as well as one of Eli's favorite targets (Kevin Boss), what makes you think they would overpay to keep Manningham, who a good receiver, but let's be serious... Nicks and Cruz are way better.  See, football has this thing called a "Salary Cap", and in order to be a competitive team every year, you have to make shrewd decisions based on talent AND cost.  Ideally they could keep everyone that helped win a title, but just like back in 07, it's not going to happen. 

And if you think this "heartless" act only happens with the Giants, take a look at what the Bears are doing with Matt Forte, or the Packers with Cliffton, or Djax in philly, or dare i say PEYTON MANNING?!  Open you eyes and see how football works.



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