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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.

Category: NFL

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: February 26, 2012 12:51 pm

Manningham likely done with Giants; Bucs next?

Thanks Mario for everything, but I got 2 words for you: Larry Brown. Another average player who had a big Super Bowl, and cashed in. Also was never heard from again. Have fun in Tampa!! LOL

Since: Jan 31, 2008
Posted on: February 26, 2012 12:36 pm

Manningham likely done with Giants; Bucs next?

Did I just read a comment saying Franchise a Back up QB? Wow He going to get more than than A-Rog! Well, here we are talkng about Manningham leaving because he wants the ball more and of course money winning another possible SB doesnt matter! So have any team ever Franchise a Backup QB? So Matt Flynn doesnt want the Ball he wants to stay and see what happens on the bench. I dont buy it. I dont think thats how the league works. Is that why guys compete, to ride the pine? What if some team throw money at Flynn igoing to wait on thr Pac to franchise me.. As for Manningham good luck with the Bucs ,theygot a long road ahead of them!

Since: Oct 5, 2007
Posted on: February 26, 2012 12:33 pm

Manningham likely done with Giants; Bucs next?

Tampa makes sense because they don't want to pay for the best on the market, just enough to keep fans somewhat happy and win a few games.  Unfortunately for Tampa, they have so many holes to fill that signing Manningham won't come close to fixing the problems on offense.  More power to Manningham, I won't be paying to see him play!

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: February 26, 2012 12:30 pm

Manningham likely done with Giants; Bucs next?

I wish the best of luck to Mario Manningham. It's rare for a Buckeye to commend a Wolverine, but for one Sunday in February, you were a hero.

As a Giants fan, I am confident that there is no way they should spend the money he will command only to use him as a #3 WR. I wholeheartedly wish him the best, wherever he lands, but good move by the Giants not to make a play here.  

Since: Jun 27, 2011
Posted on: February 26, 2012 12:29 pm

Manningham likely done with Giants; Bucs next?

While the super bowl catch was great, he is not known for great hands;  a tough tag for a WR to have. Hes a # 3 on the Giants , something the G- men can get from free agency or the draft

Since: Nov 25, 2009
Posted on: February 26, 2012 12:23 pm

Manningham likely done with Giants; Bucs next?

"Strike while the iron is hot" comes to mind.  Mario Manningham's value has never been higher thanks to his part in that remarkable Super Bowl pass and catch.  He (or his agent) is not a fool.  Get paid what you can, when you can.  It sounds like the Giants feel he is replaceable so they won't be offering loads of money to a wideout they view as replaceable.  Take the money and run young man.  I don't see him being a Hall of Famer (that could change of course) so his legacy is already set.  He will be remembered more for that wonderful catch than of anything else he does.

Since: Sep 4, 2008
Posted on: February 26, 2012 12:06 pm

Manningham likely done with Giants; Bucs next?

I will never forget that catch in the Super Bowl.  Good luck!!!!!

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: February 26, 2012 11:40 am

Manningham likely done with Giants; Bucs next?

Newgen-  Miami already has one of the best deep threats in the business in Marshall, you just need a QB that can get it to him consistantly!

Since: Oct 30, 2010
Posted on: February 26, 2012 11:26 am

Manningham likely done with Giants; Bucs next?

Thanks for the production, Mario, of which you had a lot.  More than most no. 3 receivers have, and you deserve to be a two in Tampa. Yeah, you sometimes had the dropsies, and sure, maybe you somehow managed to run the wrong route at the least opportune moments even after years in the offense, but that Super Bowl catch heals all ills. Best of luck, dude. 

Since: Feb 26, 2012
Posted on: February 26, 2012 11:06 am

Sources: Manningham won't be back with Giants

I really do think that yes Mario was good I think he is replaceable and I think we already have the answer for his replacement in either Ramses Barden or devin Thomas

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