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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 17, 2011
Posted on: February 26, 2012 3:06 pm
 

Manningham likely done with Giants; Bucs next?

That's hardly news. He killed as Giants as much as he helped them this past year. He is a knuckle head and frequently runs wrong routes. On drive before last Giants drive in SB he ran wrong routes twice and almost cost the Giants. He also cost them in regular season Redskins, first Cowboys game and regular reason vs. the Niners. He is no better than a 3rd option and Giants should have no trouble replacing him, while Bucs will likely overpay him.



Since: Aug 31, 2008
Posted on: February 26, 2012 3:03 pm
 

Manningham likely done with Giants; Bucs next?

Manningham will miss the Giants more than they would miss him. Giants are talented on offense regarless if Manningham is with the team or not. Nicks and Cruz will prove to be the shining stars for the G-Men over the next few years. Manningham was a role player this yr and his numbers declined in a noticable way this yr as opposed to last season. His catches, yards, and TDs were down due to the emergence of Cruz and the stellar play of Nicks. The Bucs are not a good team for any receiver to go to because they don't have an explosive offense and their run game is only successful if their passing game is working. The best bet for Manningham is to do what it takes to stay with the Giants. Being a #3 wide receiver on that team is far better than being the #1 wide receiver in Tampa Bay. Being a Carolina Panther fan, i'd say he'd fare better as a #2 receiver opposite Steve Smith. Talented young QB in Cam Newton, game changing running backs in DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart when they r both healthy, and 2 decent tight ends in Jeremy Shockey and Greg Olsen. Panthers make more sense to me than the Bucs do. What say u Mario 'Teamlessham'?!?!?!?!



Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: February 26, 2012 2:53 pm
 

Manningham likely done with Giants; Bucs next?

We have seen that approach blow up here in St. Louis.  That is, NYG assistant moves in (in our case, Steve Spagnuolo) and brings with him second tier guys from the Giants (Fred Robbins, James Butler).  It's really a crutch, the familiarity, and not a recipe for success.



Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: February 26, 2012 2:49 pm
 

Manningham likely done with Giants; Bucs next?

Why is this a story?  He's not Victor Cruz or even Hakeem Nicks.  He's just a guy who caught one big pass when it counted most, but he can't be counted on over the long haul.  Let the Bucs or someone grossly overpay for his very average skills.  Who cares, as long as it's not the Rams, who I support.  Yes, they are horrible and need receiver help perhaps more than any other position.  But letting their hopes ride on someone like Manningham would be insane.



Since: Feb 10, 2011
Posted on: February 26, 2012 2:28 pm
 

Manningham likely done with Giants; Bucs next?

 I believe that you meant Alvin Harper . Larry Brown was the corner who went to the Oakland Raiders after the cowboys won their last superbowl.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: February 26, 2012 2:28 pm
 

Manningham likely done with Giants; Bucs next?

Manningham is better that Larry Brown.  He is also a LOT better than their last SB hero, David Tyree.  He is a solid #2 in this league.  Because of his SB showing he will be overpaid, and the Giants have Nicks and Cruz who both have #1 talent and who have styles that compliment each other.  So I am sure Manningham is worth more to a team like Tampa than he is worth the NY, who will get Hixon back to play #3 WR.  Not a bad player to pick up, but not a #1 franchise type receiver.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: February 26, 2012 2:25 pm
 

Manningham likely done with Giants; Bucs next?

 Wow He going to get more than than A-Rog!... So have any team ever Franchise a Backup QB?

The answer is yes.  The Patriots franchised Matt Cassell, then promprtly traded him to KC.  That is why you would do it, to get draft picks for someone who has value and who will otherwise walk out the door leaving you nothing to show for it. You franchise a backup to trade him, and basically cashing your franchise tag for some draft picks.  I would not be suprised if Green Bay follow New England and do this.  I am sure Flynn would rather they just let him go FA, but it is not his choice.  Flynn can still get some say over where he goes, because he is not worth that much in trade value unless he is willing to sign an extension.  It is the NFL's version of the NBA's sign and trade.



Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: February 26, 2012 2:14 pm
 

Manningham likely done with Giants; Bucs next?

Mannigham was an OK recever with the Giants. I think with emergence of Cruz, you can let Mario go or offer a low salary. He will not be one of the starting WRs next year. If he wants to stay for a number 3 salary then he would be welcome to stay.



Since: Aug 24, 2008
Posted on: February 26, 2012 1:21 pm
 

Manningham likely done with Giants; Bucs next?

Barden-Jernigan-Hixon and if the Giants let Smith back Manningham will not be missed. He is a good not great receiver who will never be anyone's #1 receiver and would have a difficult time being a #2 on most not all NFL teams. I wish him luck and money. Tampa is going no where for at least 3 more years



Since: Aug 2, 2007
Posted on: February 26, 2012 1:10 pm
 

Manningham likely done with Giants; Bucs next?

All I know is Manningham is a great WR and add him to a Tampa WR Core and very good youn and rising star in Freeman and you have a very good passing game. Mike Williams will benifit very much from Manningham arriving in Tampa and I believe that Arrelious Been can be a Great #1 or at the very leasta very good #2 WR. Benn has Serious talent. With Blount as there fulltime RBthey have a very good offense . If they add an O-Lineman and a and a LB on D they can contend. Nice pickup.


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