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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: Aug 8, 2008
Posted on: February 27, 2012 12:02 am
 

Manningham likely done with Giants; Bucs next?

It has nothing to do with the Giants being "heartless."  Even before the Super Bowl, it was pretty much a foregone conclusion that Manningham wasn't coming back.  He's NOT going to be a #1 WR with any other organization.  Then he hiked his price because of his one catch in the Super Bowl.  Some team will overpay for him and it looks to be Tampa.  The Giants have enough #3 WR behind Cruz and Nicks where Manningham can go run crappy routes for some other team.  Hell, they can go get Steve Smith back if they want to as a #4 and let Ramses Barden or Jernigan develop.  Why overpay for a #3 WR?  Hines Ward?  Duh.



Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: February 27, 2012 12:01 am
 

Manningham likely done with Giants; Bucs next?

The Gainst act as if they win the Sb ever year...far from it.
That is so not true, but here is what is true:  The Giants are the first team in The NFL to win a Superbowl in 4 different decades.  They average a SB victory about every 6 years since their first appearance.  I'd say that's pretty good.

I remember watching Manningham run wild against the 49ers vaunted defense. Nicks...and Cruz...not so much.
In week 10 Victor Cruz lead the team in receivnig 6 catches 84 yards.  Manningham did have a nice game with 6 for 77 and a score.  Nicks was held down, catching 2 balls for 41 and a TD. 

In the NFC Championsip game Cruz went 10 for 142.  Nicks went 5 for 55.  Manningham, one catch, 17 yards.  Yes, it was a big play, but you grossly overstate Manninghams impact and understate the impact of Cruz and Nicks.  Manningham gets open because of how much attentiion are being paid to the other two.

What makes this organizatin so smart is that they plan ahead. They new this day was coming.  They new Manningham would likely want more than The Giants could offer him, for what he provides for the team.  To say The Giants are heartless is a nonsensical statement. In the NFL you cant spend big-time money for your third best receving option. 

Mario wants and deserves the ball more and he deserves to get paid.  Those things won't happen with The Giants.  Good luck to him, wherever he goes.



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: February 27, 2012 12:01 am
 

Manningham likely done with Giants; Bucs next?

what do you mean heartless? first off this is business and second manningham wants big money just based on that one catch. i love to see him come back but how do you fault the giants if other teams throwing crazy money at him. he will obviously take the best offer and the giants wants to pay him like the receiver he is which is frankly 3rd. there are more important vacancies the giants have that reese have to look at such as the CB position with ross and thomas being free agents. giants have WR depth and they have two electrifying receivers. you have to look at the whole picture and make the best decisions. they did win 2 super bowls with two different teams in last 5 years so i wouldn't question anything that front office is doing. 

the giants don't act like they win the SB every year, they are a winning organization and thats how they act. how many times you actually hear anybody from the giants come out and brag or make predictions about this and that. you are maybe confusing them with the other team in New York.    
 



Since: Jan 1, 2011
Posted on: February 26, 2012 11:40 pm
 

Manningham likely done with Giants; Bucs next?

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Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: February 26, 2012 11:35 pm
 

Manningham likely done with Giants; Bucs next?

The NY Giants are a heartless organization. They could care less if you caught the td that win the Super Bowl.  The Gainst act as if they win the Sb ever year...far from it. As the SB champ they have the toughest schedule in 2012. I remember watching Manningham run wild against the 49ers vaunted defense. Nicks...and Cruz...not so much. The Giants are making a very dumb move....that can only be bested by them signing Hines Ward to a big money contract.


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Since: Feb 26, 2012
Posted on: February 26, 2012 11:16 pm
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Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: February 26, 2012 10:23 pm
 

Manningham likely done with Giants; Bucs next?

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Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: February 26, 2012 10:19 pm
 

Manningham likely done with Giants; Bucs next?

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Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: February 26, 2012 10:18 pm
 

Manningham likely done with Giants; Bucs next?

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Since: Sep 27, 2011
Posted on: February 26, 2012 9:53 pm
 

Manningham likely done with Giants; Bucs next?

Remember the giants are about 9 million over the cap and need to make decisions on where to cut payroll. They also need to resign cruz if not this year then next year. so while Mario had a great playoff run with touchdowns in the wild card divisional and nfc championship games along with the great catch setting up the Suber Bowl winning drive, it's still a buisness and to be honest Mario being let go in free agency is a wise choice.......so if it's Tampa I say good luck and thank you for helping the g-men win the super bowl this year


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