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Manningham prepares to enter free agency

New York Giants wide receiver Mario Manningham makes a long catch inbounds past New England Patriots free safety Patrick Chung and free safety Nate Jones in the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game in Indianapolis Reuters

In a development that hardly qualifies as a surprise, Giants receiver Mario Manningham most likely will hit the open market on March 13 at 4:00 p.m., according to a league source.

One of the stars of Super Bowl XLVI, whose acrobatic sideline catch fueled the game-winning drive, we’re told that Manningham wants to be paid like a starter.  With Hakeem Nicks already getting that kind of money and Victor Cruz wanting the same, Manningham becomes the odd man out.

Surely, other teams will be willing to give Manningham starter money.  Though not the biggest name in a crowded receiver market, plenty of teams have plenty of stiffs playing the position.

The Redskins make the most sense.  Given than Washington owned the Giants last year, sweeping the NFL champs in their two regular-season games, the Redskins could soon own at least one piece of that team.

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46 Responses to “Manningham prepares to enter free agency”
  1. ajknox88 says: Feb 24, 2012 8:10 AM

    I bet he ends up with the Bears if he hits free agency

  2. nfl fan says: Feb 24, 2012 8:11 AM

    Starter money, no way. Nice catch in the SuperBowl but he drops 3 for every one he catches. He’s a third receiver for a reason.

  3. dubaradhandi says: Feb 24, 2012 8:14 AM

    Tyree? Where is he now.

  4. againsville says: Feb 24, 2012 8:15 AM

    He’ll be a buc

  5. hooks024 says: Feb 24, 2012 8:16 AM

    Somebody will overpay him. We only need to look back to tj houshmenzada(sp?) to see what happens when a decent second option gets a big head. Lets not forget, bill belichick was willing to let his swiss cheese secondary cover him after nicks and cruz were doubled up. Good luck mario! Maybe you can join steve smith in philly. Moron.

  6. bigbluenationdb says: Feb 24, 2012 8:19 AM

    As a Giants fan I will hate to see him go but someone is going to over pay for him.

    He benefited from teams focusing coverage on Nicks and Cruz all year. When given his chance to be the #2 when Nicks and others were injured in prior years to step up he didn’t get the job done.

    When facing a teams #1 or #2 corner he will look average at best. But who can blame him for trying to get paid.

  7. giantspunk213 says: Feb 24, 2012 8:21 AM

    It’s gonna be tough losing another weapon considering Ballard and Beckum will miss most or all of next season, but Manningham isn’t worth the price he’s gonna fetch, I trust Reese will go out and make the right moves to make the giants a contender again next season.

  8. jacunn2000 says: Feb 24, 2012 8:26 AM

    He will probably end up in Houston.

  9. mikea311 says: Feb 24, 2012 8:27 AM

    The redskins didn’t own the Giants. They happened play them the first game of the season and the second after a huge emotional Giants win over Dallas.

  10. emmac13 says: Feb 24, 2012 8:32 AM

    Come to Cleveland please.

  11. blackqbwhiterb says: Feb 24, 2012 8:34 AM

    The redskins should go for the guy from the Saints over this guy.

  12. diegiantsdie says: Feb 24, 2012 8:34 AM

    That’s where u go when ur all washed up. Just ask, well, anyone on there team….sexy rexy

  13. jade amor says: Feb 24, 2012 8:34 AM

    Hey Belichick, if you had a clutch receiver in the SB, you would have 2 more rings. Make it so….just saying

  14. how887 says: Feb 24, 2012 8:34 AM

    Steve Smith. Goodbye double M.

  15. skinsdag says: Feb 24, 2012 8:37 AM

    Mannigham to the Redskins would be ideal indeed. 1) You are taking a weapon from a division rival 2) Manningham will be motivated on the Redskins to prove his value to the Giants.

    However, sometimes his inconsistency does leave me pondering. But when he makes plays, HE MAKES PLAYS.

    Hopefully Shanny and Company wake up and realize we need a viable WR threat on our team to help out our new developing QB (fingers crossed)

    I also wouldn’t be opposed to the signing of Laurent Robinson from the Cowboys. When taking players via free agency, why not take them from your rivals?

  16. deddmunnie says: Feb 24, 2012 8:37 AM

    Redskins make the most sense? He’s averaged 43 yards a game in his 8 games vs the basement dweller Redskins. What makes you think they are interested in him? They know first hand what a turd he is. I hope.

  17. gmen1987 says: Feb 24, 2012 8:38 AM

    Mario, see what happens to receivers when they go to teams with horrible QBs. Stay, you are loved in New York.

  18. cowboyhater says: Feb 24, 2012 8:39 AM

    Thanks but no thanks. The skins do not need the Giant rejects. We already have a receiver that likes to drop the ball at crucial moments in the game (see Santana Moss….)

  19. edgarcaetano says: Feb 24, 2012 8:42 AM

    I guess he won’t be going to the New England Patriots, since Bill Bellichick doesn’t think too much of him…

    .

  20. nxsteven says: Feb 24, 2012 8:54 AM

    A few months ago I thought he’d be a good fit for the Jets but after this run his stock probably increased a bit. He’s very inconsistent and bobbles far too many passes. He was a huge reason Eli had ~26 interceptions in 2010.

    Most I think he’s worth is 2m/yr.

  21. zaggs says: Feb 24, 2012 9:00 AM

    Thing is Nicks and Cruz have far better chemistry with Eli than Maio. 75% of the time if there is miscommunication between Eli and a receiver it was Mario. But I’m sure his agent will turn one big play into a big payday.

  22. latopia says: Feb 24, 2012 9:01 AM

    [P]lenty of teams have plenty of stiffs playing the position.” Guilty.

    We got stiffs but we also got stiffed because 9er coaches made the rare miscalculation Manningham wasn’t good enuff to beat us. I can see why though. MM seems like an up-and-down kinda guy. He played 2010 like a contract year (65% catch-rate, 5.7 YAC). This year 51%, 2.6 — unless injuries were a factor. I’d include the 9ers on the sense-list if the price is right, i.e, $5-$7m per.

  23. purplecrowe says: Feb 24, 2012 9:02 AM

    Lots o’ teams need WR’s, deserving or not, dewd is gonna get paid!

  24. cowboyhater says: Feb 24, 2012 9:04 AM

    mikea311 says: Feb 24, 2012 8:27 AM

    The redskins didn’t own the Giants. They happened play them the first game of the season and the second after a huge emotional Giants win over Dallas.

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    There goes the Gfan excuses again. How about that they are all professional football players, and no matter the circumstances, or who is playing, a win in the NFL is a win. What excuse can we use? Rex f-ing Grossman beat you…..twice! Shame on you Gmen. If you don’t want to see these postings of being swept, or skins owning you….then just beat us. It’s as easy as that.

  25. bbk1000 says: Feb 24, 2012 9:08 AM

    To be a # 1 you need to be able to consistently catch the ball and run good pass routes, of which he does neither. He is definitely a 3rd option guy…

  26. jamezz23 says: Feb 24, 2012 9:15 AM

    I think that Manningham is a good reciever and is on the verge to being a 70 catch a year player and around 1000 yards per season. He’ll see the field with almost any team.

  27. edgarcaetano says: Feb 24, 2012 9:16 AM

    hope this guy won’t be the 2012 designated-CHOCKER for the Baltimore Ravens (after Housh in 2010 and Lee Evans in 2011)..

    give Tandon Doss a chance, dude seemed to have great hands…

    .

  28. dopesimms says: Feb 24, 2012 9:24 AM

    This is the new David Tyree.

    Comparisons:

    1.) Both were respectively the best and #1 receiver of their colleges.

    2.) Both had disappointing starts to their career. (David Tyree was a little less of a disappointment cause he may have been the best at his college, but no where near an elite receiver in his draft.)

    3.) Both made the drive saving amazing catch in the Superbowl even though they didn’t do much of anything before that catch.

    4.) Both will get an over hyped rating of 99 Spectacular Catch in Madden.

    Manningham will do a little more than Tyree because David Tyree is absolute garbage and Manningham is a little productive. But he’s no big deal in the Free Agency

  29. touchdownsyndrome says: Feb 24, 2012 9:25 AM

    They better grab somebody to catch in FA because they might be spending a large portion of this years draft/next years draft on somebody to throw, i.e., RGIII

  30. havok82 says: Feb 24, 2012 9:26 AM

    Can’t fault a man for trying to get paid and maximize his money, though. Someone will pay him more than he’s worth to the Giants. He made a great catch, but he is replaceable. He was lucky he didn’t blow that catch like he did earlier in the game when he went OB on the play. At least that time he ran a better route.

  31. nygsbchamps4 says: Feb 24, 2012 9:31 AM

    Come on Mario give us a hometown discount and come back, we’re a dynasty waiting to happen.

  32. gcsuk says: Feb 24, 2012 9:41 AM

    skinsdag says: Feb 24, 2012 8:37 AM

    Mannigham to the Redskins would be ideal indeed. 1) You are taking a weapon from a division rival 2) Manningham will be motivated on the Redskins to prove his value to the Giants.
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    Motivated on the Redskins to prove his value to the Giants? What have you read anywhere that says Mario feels that he has been “disrespected” by the Giants? If he leaves NY, it is for 2 reasons:
    1 – He has his ring
    2 – He wants to get paid
    There will be no motivation for him to prove anything to the Giants. I am going to assume that they will make him an offer (probably too low for what he wants), and he will explore his options in FA.

  33. madczyk says: Feb 24, 2012 10:19 AM

    @mikea311
    Feb 24, 2012 8:27 AM

    The redskins didn’t own the Giants. They happened play them the first game of the season and the second after a huge emotional Giants win over Dallas.

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    Translation! “Yea, the Redskins didn’t own the Giants last year, the Giants simply lost to one of the worst teams in the NFL last year twice during the season.”

    hahaha denial is a heavy thing buddy.

  34. fsxv13 says: Feb 24, 2012 10:24 AM

    There goes the Gfan excuses again. How about that they are all professional football players, and no matter the circumstances, or who is playing, a win in the NFL is a win. What excuse can we use? Rex f-ing Grossman beat you…..twice! Shame on you Gmen. If you don’t want to see these postings of being swept, or skins owning you….then just beat us. It’s as easy as that.
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    Agreed. And I’m a Giants fan.

    That being said I’ll take a Super Bowl win every year if it means losing to the skins twice a year.

    Know what’s worse than losing to the dreadful skins twice? Being another NFC East team fan sitting at home actually believing you could have won it all cause you swept the champs. If only…

    That being said MM is a number 2 AT BEST. As someone else said, this guy is responsible for a lot of miscommunication. Has a penchant for being out of bounds on sideline catches as well. Has everyone forgotten the big play that wasn’t in the Super Bowl? Happened on the drive prior to MMs catch. He was out of bounds and the announcers detailed his problems with spacing (which every Giant fan already knew about).

    #2 at best.

  35. freebird2011 says: Feb 24, 2012 10:31 AM

    A scary thought to be sure, but if Mario Manningham married Camryn Manheim, would their children be Manheim-Manninghams?

    Of course, the natural reaction would be that of International Man of Mystery, Austin Powers–“That’s a man, baby, yeah!”

  36. jerseyshoregiant says: Feb 24, 2012 10:32 AM

    I like Mario and would hate to see him go because his best years are definitely in front of him. I think he is what 25/26 yrs old but I have confidence that Jerry Reese will make him a “responsible” offer just like he did to Boss and Steve Smith. If we lose Mario and Steve Smith can prove he is over the injury I might even make him an offer.

  37. kchi55 says: Feb 24, 2012 10:38 AM

    It’s not so much the caliber CBs that he will now be facing, he had 900 yards in 2010 as a very serviceable WR2, the hardest part for MM is going to be picking up a new offense that is going to really limit his game.. not the brightest kid.

  38. TheWizard says: Feb 24, 2012 10:47 AM

    hooks is right, Belichick made him 3rd priority for a reason.

    He made a great catch in clutch time, no question, but you won’t see the Pats in line to overpay this guy.

  39. cwroses1983 says: Feb 24, 2012 10:48 AM

    all u giants fans r crazy. if not for mario, then u dont have a ring. eli isnt any good, he just has good recievers. mario is just as good as cruz is. Mario normally has the #1 or #2 db on him at times. who made the game winning td catch against SF…..um Mariooooo. Who made the sickest catch in the super bowl history….. Mario. Mario should have been a first round pick, way before Devon Thomas(wr from mich state, where mario went to michigan and had way better career) but mario smoked weed. Mario can make plays with the best of them. Lets stop thinking ELI manning is some kind of great qb, look at his wrs here. Especially in the super bowl going up against that terrible New England secondary. Ill take him on detroit and u guys can sign burleson.

  40. cali49er707 says: Feb 24, 2012 11:05 AM

    knowing the 9ers in the market for a WR, i can almost be sure its gonna be manningham or pierre garcon ending up in the bay at worst meachem because, the 9ers will not break the bank for FA’s no-more ownership & management have already said such

  41. heyooo says: Feb 24, 2012 11:13 AM

    cowboyhater says:
    Feb 24, 2012 9:04 AM
    mikea311 says: Feb 24, 2012 8:27 AM

    There goes the Gfan excuses again. How about that they are all professional football players, and no matter the circumstances, or who is playing, a win in the NFL is a win. What excuse can we use? Rex f-ing Grossman beat you…..twice! Shame on you Gmen. If you don’t want to see these postings of being swept, or skins owning you….then just beat us. It’s as easy as that.

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    The Giants didn’t take them as a serious threat either time and paid the price for it. Why would they? Giants swept them in 2008, 2009, and 2010. Skins were motivated and due for some wins after being constantly owned by the Giants for years. Just because the Skins swept them this year doesn’t mean they own them. More like they finally got themselves out of being owned.

  42. jakek2 says: Feb 24, 2012 11:15 AM

    Gotta love the know-nothings comparing the overall careers of Mario and Tyree based on one similarities of one catch. Tyree came into the NFL as a 6th rd special teamer. Mario was a 1st round talent that dropped to the 3rd b/c of character. If any of you dopes watched a morsel of the Giants’ games that I have, you’d know that Mario is a big play guy. Its a shame you only saw that one catch in the SB. He made about a dozen more like it during the reg season. Mario has No.1 in him if he goes to a team with a halfway decent QB.

  43. deadmanwalking47 says: Feb 24, 2012 11:32 AM

    The Redskins make the most sense. Given than Washington owned the Giants last year, sweeping the NFL champs in their two regular-season games, the Redskins could soon own at least one piece of that team.
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    No way the skins sign manningham cause he is NOT proven player! more likely we go after coulson and reggie wayne IF we sign manning.manningham may end up in carolina,new england,or even cleveland or chicago.

    “nygsbchamps4 says: Feb 24, 2012 9:31 AM

    Come on Mario give us a hometown discount and come back, we’re a dynasty waiting to happen.”

    You must becelebrating april fools day 6 weeks too soon! that is roflmbo funny! giants will NEVER be a dynasty! i bet they don’t win 8 games next year!

  44. elifan4life says: Feb 24, 2012 11:42 AM

    Given than Washington owned the Giants last year, sweeping the NFL champs in their two regular-season games……

    Really?? because I remember the Giants beating the Redskins 6 straight times up until this season..

  45. gmen5280 says: Feb 24, 2012 12:39 PM

    Thanks Mario for the memories and good luck in FA. While he isn’t a true #1 type of guy that can take over a game, he is a solid #2. We got good value for the last pick in the 3rd round from Mario.
    He was the 12th WR picked. Of which the only WR picked before him that might be better would be Jordy Nelson or D Jackson(I just threw up in my month a little).

  46. pirateed says: Feb 24, 2012 7:53 PM

    I hate to see Manningham leave because the trio of he, Nicks, and Cruz are unselfish, support each other, and work well with Eli. That being said, if a team offers him $5million a year it probably doesn’t make any sense to match it, given the salary cap situation. Still, every year we seem to hit a stretch where a wide receiver or two gets dinged up and with the top two pass catching tight ends out until mid-season it would be a shame to see the Giant passing game as non-explosive as it was when Plax went out in ’08. The team has to continue to play to its strengths.

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