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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: Jun 3, 2011
Posted on: February 26, 2012 9:15 pm
 

Manningham likely done with Giants; Bucs next?

No surprise here Manningham should be done with the Giants.  He's going to follow the old formula that nobody can blame him for, he got the ring and now it's time to get paid.  He can be the number 1 or 2 somewhere else why'll he will always be the 3 in New York.  He deserves it, don't waste that great catch pfofit from it.



Since: Jun 2, 2010
Posted on: February 26, 2012 9:13 pm
 

Manningham likely done with Giants; Bucs next?

Then you may want to get rid of that Purdue Icon.. He was a Stud WR at the University of Michigan..



Since: Nov 1, 2006
Posted on: February 26, 2012 9:09 pm
 

Manningham likely done with Giants; Bucs next?

Let's get things right folks...

1)  This has nothing to do with the Giants management and loyalty to their players.  2)  If he wants the ball more, stop giving up on routes, run the right route, stay healthy, and cry less.  3)  At least 4 of Eli's picks were his fault this year.  4)  How do you ask to get the ball more when you are 3rd on the chart??  5)  We have plenty to choose from that may be better than him...  Barden, Jernigan, or the draft!  I won't cry if he goes...



Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: February 26, 2012 8:57 pm
 

Manningham likely done with Giants; Bucs next?

you must not watch much football



Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: February 26, 2012 8:12 pm
 

Manningham likely done with Giants; Bucs next?

Never heard or knew of him till the Super Bowl.



Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: February 26, 2012 7:56 pm
 

Manningham likely done with Giants; Bucs next?

Let's see':
1.  Sullivan does not have an offense yet and will be doing what Schiano wants so, he may not know the offense.

2.  If he cannot line up at more than one spot, that will hurt him with the Bucs as well.

3.  He is not the big deep threat the Bucs are really looking for.


None of this means he will not end up with the Bucs, he does seem to be a decent fit, BUT it is by far a lock and not necessarily the great fit the article makes it seem.   


  



Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: February 26, 2012 7:43 pm
 

Manningham likely done with Giants; Bucs next?

Why would the Tampa Bay Bucs want a one dimensional WR? Just because the team has hired a former N.Y. Giants coach and made him the offensive coordinator does not mean that he would make a good addition to the Bucs.

Since this coach came from the Giants he should know the limitations of Manningham and not want him as a member of the Bucs.
I too liked the catch made on the sideline while keeping his feet in bounds. That was a great catch. I happen to think that would be a memorable moment in his life. However, over a life time it does not make him anything other than a  one dimensional player that can only play one position.

So what you're saying is that you know more about Manningham than one of his former coaches? I guess the Bucs should have hired you as their new OC. 



Since: Jan 27, 2007
Posted on: February 26, 2012 7:39 pm
 

Manningham likely done with Giants; Bucs next?

He will def help the TB offense, but I wouldn't expect a breakout season, prob 60 catches and 6 tds....anything is better than what Williams put up this year, but free agent wr's don't usually produce what everyone thinks when they change systems..good luck!!



Since: Jul 1, 2008
Posted on: February 26, 2012 7:26 pm
 

Manningham likely done with Giants; Bucs next?

Sweet as a Tampa bay fan I'll take him.  He should open things up nicely for Richardson( they better grab him)



Since: Nov 12, 2011
Posted on: February 26, 2012 7:16 pm
 

Manningham likely done with Giants; Bucs next?

I can understand how Giants fans will miss Manningham, but I think this is for the best. The Giants have a lot to offer to a free agent and I believe that you'll be able to find a better wide receiver to replace Manningham. Someone who runs better routes and drops fewer passes. Because of his Super Bowl catch he is going to be looked at by more teams and end up with more money than I think he is really worth. Eli Manning made Manningham better, something Josh Freeman and most quarterbacks in this league won't be able to do. If he goes elsewhere, almost anywhere else, he won't live up to the money they will be willing to pay him.

So Mario, is it better to look at this as a business and get the money while you can, even if you go someplace where you will be called a bust since you wont' live up to the contract money and expecation, or is it better to stay where you are valued and appreciated for who you are, though make a bit less? I think in most cases, the second choice is better, but when you weigh the cost of living in NYC versus other cities, a small contract in NYC doesn't go as far so leaving for more money in a place that is cheaper to live makes the contract even more valuable. I hope he doesn't leave, will understand that financially it is a good move, but it may not be a good move career wise.


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