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Giants' Manningham puts odds of staying in NY at '50-50'

The Sports Xchange

Mario Manningham disputed a Youngstown (Ohio) Vindicator report in which he said there was a

"75 percent" chance he was leaving the New York Giants via free agency.

It's more like "50-50," Manningham said in an interview with WFAN radio, though his preference is to stay with the Super Bowl Champions. He also said disputed a CBSSports.com report of him going to Tampa Bay.

"We're not sure what is going on right now," said Manningham, and unrestricted free agent. "We're going to take it slow and see what is going on and let the smoke clear a little bit, you know the combine and free agency and everything coming up. Just never know where I am going to end up at."

The "75 percent" number came in a report last week by The Vindicator, as Manningham was

being honored with a key to his hometown of Warren.

"I didn't say that though," Manningham told WFAN Tuesday. "I didn't say that. You know how rumors get spread."

The rumor about him joining the Buccaneers likely stems from the fact that New York's former quarterbacks and wide receivers coach Mike Sullivan is now offensive coordinator.

"That is just [rumor]," Manningham said. "I haven't said anything like that or I haven't heard anything like that until the other day. I think everybody is saying that because our quarterback coach is going to be the offensive coordinator. People don't really know what is going on, they don't know where I really want to go."

The Giants have 21 unrestricted free agents, which will force the team to make difficult decisions. During the Super Bowl, Manningham hauled in a huge fourth-quarter pass from Eli Manning, which helped set up the team's winning touchdown drive. But he is the team's third receiver behind Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz.

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