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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 24, 2007
Posted on: February 26, 2012 6:40 pm

Manningham likely done with Giants; Bucs next?

This is a business and he is going to do what is right for him and his family.  I will miss him as a Giants fan but he knows he will never see #2 looks in NY not with Cruz and Nicks around.  I wish him luck and glad to see he developed pretty decent as his first years he was a dissapointment. 

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: February 26, 2012 6:31 pm

Manningham likely done with Giants; Bucs next?

I guess it's fair to take pot shots at this guy:  This "I want the ball more as the 3rd stringer" stuff is silly.  Victor Cruz is just glad to be there!  Bottom line:  he's a diva, and the Giants are doing the wise thing and just letting him walk.  Good luck, Mario.  You'll need it down in the Blackout Bay!

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: February 26, 2012 5:44 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.

I hope the coaches at Tampa Bay can see through this, look at the scouting reports, see the film and make a decision as to the help Manningham would bring to the team.

I don’t see it, we do not need cast offs from other teams.


Since: Jan 27, 2008
Posted on: February 26, 2012 5:36 pm

Manningham likely done with Giants; Bucs next?

Game winning catch = no longer on the team. Twice! That's real loyalty.

Since: Oct 13, 2010
Posted on: February 26, 2012 4:45 pm

Manningham likely done with Giants; Bucs next?

if manningham wants the ball more then why go to tampa?? last time i checked the bucs dont have a good quarterback. theres pleanty of free agent WRs the giants can pick up to fill his spot.

Since: Apr 25, 2011
Posted on: February 26, 2012 4:45 pm

Manningham likely done with Giants; Bucs next?

Manningham could be great, but not on the Giants. When Cruz brokeout last season i knew right then Manningham would leave. He has got great attributes at a wideout with his size and hands. Injury concerns is the only reason certain clubs wouldnt be interested. I think he could make a big impact with the Dolphins, lined up opposite from Marshall. Or maybe even the Texans, imagine a hail mary jumpball with Andre Johnson and Manningham which both are very tall wideouts. For some reason or another i have been a fan of his for some time now and i dont even like Michegan nor the Giants. He is one of those players that for some reason i want to succeed.

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: February 26, 2012 4:22 pm

Manningham likely done with Giants; Bucs next?

shiano is trying to raid the giants (qb coach...also heard they wanted manninghan)....not sure why any giant would want to play for bucs....half a stadium every sunday....terrible sports town

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: February 26, 2012 4:21 pm

Manningham likely done with Giants; Bucs next?

good luck in the black hole of tampa bay....not a very good career move but i guess he will start and get 800 yards a year...if that is more important than winning then good riddance....(see the likes of steve smith, kevin boss, derrick ward)...giants can fill the #3 easily with free agent market or look for jernigan or barden to step up...

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: February 26, 2012 4:18 pm

Manningham likely done with Giants; Bucs next?

As a giants fan all I can say is....meh.  Yea we got him as a rookie and hes done some good things for us but Manningham would never get paid like he wants to from mgmt and some team, apparently the Bucs will give him at least $2-3 million more per year.  He'll be a solid addition to them, but unfortunately he will not have the QB he is used to.  Freeman has the ability to be good, but only if his legs are invloved.  He'll never throw for more then 3,000 yards so it's kind of ironic for him to go there.  I know Mike Williams had a bad year but I doubt that becomes a trend, and then they have winslow and I'm sure they'll draft another offensive weapon so really, I don't see Manningham getting more then 40-50 catches a year with the Bucs.  Eh whatever, good luck Mario, wish you all the best but NY won't be losing too much sleep.

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: February 26, 2012 3:49 pm

Manningham likely done with Giants; Bucs next?

Did I read some one say Manningham was a great WR? How smacked is your ass? He never was and never will be great. He had a few good games to start the 2010 season and was overrated after that. Obviously he made a stupendous catch in the Super Bowl but so did David Tyree. The Giants will be fine with Nicks, Cruz and whoever else they draft.

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