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The Mario Manningham tour begins in San Francisco

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It was widely believed that the Redskins would target Giants receiver Mario Manningham once free agency opened.

They didn’t.

And so, with the Redskins signing (for now) Josh Morgan and Pierre Garçon, Manningham had to look elsewhere.

The tour begins in the place where the Giants won the 2011 NFC title.  Per a league source, Manningham will visit the 49ers on Thursday.

On Monday, the Niners added Randy Moss.  They also could be bringing back Brandon Lloyd.

Manningham became a hot commodity via a clutch, 38-yard catch in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl, which sparked New York’s game-winning touchdown drive.

Manningham also had been linked to Tampa, but the Buccaneers signed Vincent Jackson away from the Chargers.

UPDATE 5:57 p.m. ET:  Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Bills and Dolphins also are interested.

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46 Responses to “The Mario Manningham tour begins in San Francisco”
  1. mistercharitystripe34 says: Mar 14, 2012 5:15 PM

    He does make big plays but also disappears for a lot of them. Lloyd is the more interesting free-agent prospect for the 49ers.

  2. whatnojets says: Mar 14, 2012 5:16 PM

    Everything begins in San Fran and it always ends in The Big Apple!

    Manny a Jet by Friday next week…..

  3. waxthat says: Mar 14, 2012 5:17 PM

    Baalke won’t over pay…but he would be a nice addition.

  4. goldrush36 says: Mar 14, 2012 5:18 PM

    I’d rather have Lloyd but if I have my way we draft someone instead or draft early and sign Lloyd

  5. ninerdynasty says: Mar 14, 2012 5:19 PM

    Stock pile niners! one of these guys should get it done.

  6. w18wheeler says: Mar 14, 2012 5:19 PM

    Mario is gonna make 20 mil for one catch in the Super Bowl. No better than a third WR.

  7. bullydog28 says: Mar 14, 2012 5:19 PM

    Would love to see him a Viking. Clutch player.

  8. sbxxix says: Mar 14, 2012 5:19 PM

    Moss, Manningham, Davis, Crabtree, Walker, Gore and Hunter that could be a solid Offense. I just hope we can get the QB situation taken care of

  9. hmpennypacker says: Mar 14, 2012 5:21 PM

    Here’s hoping Baalke and Harbaugh don’t get sucked in by one catch and remember he’s a baaaaaaad route runner. Every super bowl has a Larry Brown and Mario’s just the latest one.

  10. whatnojets says: Mar 14, 2012 5:21 PM

    Oh, WOW! Did you notice that he has a “lazy”right eye? (Mysasthenia gravis)

  11. jenniferxxx says: Mar 14, 2012 5:21 PM

    Mario will be an asset to any team lucky enough to sign him. Blazing speed … good feet … excellent hands.

    He’s the ‘odd man out’ in NY, but he’s still a fine receiver … and a legitimate deep threat.

    Don’t believe all that garbage about running bad routes. That was way overblown.

  12. aryanamvar says: Mar 14, 2012 5:21 PM

    I would love to sign Manningham.. has had some solid numbers as a #2 and #3 Wide out… bring him to SF to compete with crabtree as a #1.. move moss to #2 and either put Crab or Mario in the slot… id prefer Lloyd over moss tho

  13. stampede101 says: Mar 14, 2012 5:21 PM

    Don’t let him leave w/out a contract Niners…hell, just don’t let him leave.

  14. 808raiderinparadise says: Mar 14, 2012 5:23 PM

    “I jussd wunt me dat munny mayne … E-lie iz gud n all but i wunt 2 get me dat munny”

    Line this guy up with Randy Moss and Crabtree?

    Wow, thats a reality show in the making.

  15. jaggedmark says: Mar 14, 2012 5:25 PM

    A Michigan man to go play for a Michigan man?

  16. WestCoastVet says: Mar 14, 2012 5:26 PM

    5’11/183. Not exactly a huge target. 39 RECs for 523 Yds all last season, he better be cheap.

  17. eaglesfootballfan says: Mar 14, 2012 5:28 PM

    If the 49ers can get him, it would be a good move. Manningham and Moss to go with Michael Crabtree.

  18. uberniner says: Mar 14, 2012 5:28 PM

    If the niners can get one more receiver, a guard, and a cornerback, and re-sign Grant, they can go into the draft looking for the best available player.

    That assumes they re-sign Alex… (and we keep fingers crossed that a full camp helps him develop into a better decision maker).

  19. zachg10 says: Mar 14, 2012 5:29 PM

    What did you mean by the Skins signed Morgan for now…?

  20. waxthat says: Mar 14, 2012 5:29 PM


    first time I’ve agreed with you. Nice post 🙂

  21. pop562 says: Mar 14, 2012 5:30 PM

    Mike Wallace for the niners first round pick would be great.

  22. jdandcoke says: Mar 14, 2012 5:33 PM

    im a giants fan, i love mario and wish we coud have re-signed him. with that said….the knock on him was that it took him close to two seasons to digest the giants offense. this may be the main reason why we’ve seen so many wr’s get signed before him. the guy is good at what he does, but a) it will take him a while to digest a new offense and b) he is definately a complimentary receiver….and should be paid like one.

  23. valhallarising says: Mar 14, 2012 5:33 PM

    Why are the Vikings tagged in this story? Although it is our style to over pay for average receivers, I personally hope we don’t sign Manningham. Despite him being an upgrade from our current corp of WR trash, I don’t wanna pay him what he is going to ask for.

  24. nineroutsider says: Mar 14, 2012 5:40 PM

    OK, if he doesn’t run bad routes his pre-snap reads are awful; I’ve seen plenty of Giants games over the last few years and at least twice a game or more he and Manning aren’t on the same page at all. Why? Because Manningham missed the pre-snap adjustment.

    It happened in the Super Bowl? Did you notice it? It happens every game. I really hope they don’t sign this guy! How long does it take to get in sync with your QB…2-3 years, half a decade? Didn’t take Cruz long…No Thanks!

    G-Men fans would largely agree with me.

  25. bigbluefan1 says: Mar 14, 2012 5:43 PM

    Trust me he is a good #3 and it was a good catch of a great throw
    One thing you will not have Eli throwing the ball Alex Smith is not Eli Manning

    So good Luck with that

  26. goldrush36 says: Mar 14, 2012 5:43 PM

    Manningham 39 receptions 6 dropped passes. Lloyd 70 receptions 4 drops…. Think I’d take my chances with Lloyd when we are talking about hands

  27. blue80hutthutt says: Mar 14, 2012 5:44 PM

    we need help at WR, what we had last year didn’t cut it.

  28. hikohadon says: Mar 14, 2012 5:45 PM

    I’m sure Larry Brown will sign a nice fat contract somewhere and then fade back into mediocrity.

  29. brobokil says: Mar 14, 2012 5:53 PM

    Why is this listed under Vikings. There is no mention of any link to this and the Vikings.

  30. hmpennypacker says: Mar 14, 2012 5:58 PM


    EXACTLY my point! 🙂

  31. nineroutsider says: Mar 14, 2012 6:04 PM

    Mike Wallace for the #30 pick overall looks pretty good to me at the moment. Who you thinking Manningham, Lloyd, Robinson? Pass, Pass, Pass…

    I’d rather see the 9ers sign Jerome Simpson; he should be visiting already! They need a speedster though, got to be something out there that they can mold.

    Like I said, Mike Wallace…jump on it!

  32. randolph32 says: Mar 14, 2012 6:14 PM

    Yep, a good #3, and a BIG catch….stupid!

  33. WestCoastVet says: Mar 14, 2012 6:18 PM

    Go three wide with Moss, Crabs, and Wallace with V.D. on the opposite side… Who do you cover?

  34. goldrush36 says: Mar 14, 2012 6:23 PM

    Jerome Simpson is gonna serve a nice chunk of jail time….

  35. 808raiderinparadise says: Mar 14, 2012 6:26 PM

    Go three wide with Moss, Crabs, and Wallace with V.D. on the opposite side… Who do you cover?

    Depends is Harabaugh or Smith is under center.

  36. carryingweight says: Mar 14, 2012 6:28 PM

    No way could you get the kind of value Wallace is at 30 that’s a no brainer. Look what the vikes did with jared Allen

  37. emmac13 says: Mar 14, 2012 6:33 PM

    This guy is the next David Tyree. He came out and said he has no interest in Cleveland. That maybe true but you just don’t say it. With Moss on the team he will be a small fish in a big pond. Hope you savor the catch.

  38. situsavaisprier says: Mar 14, 2012 6:48 PM

    Manningham is a good WR, but he does make mistakes. At times he may not know his assignment and/or do the wrong thing. Another thing about him can be his route running. While he is guilty of the occassional wrong route, he also can run routes too close to the sideline.

    He is a decent blocker for his size and a willing one. He’s great at sideline catches (the footwork in the Super Bowl may not be common to many football fans, but Giants fans are fully aware of this). He can get deep and can be pretty elusive. That being said, any team that signs him would be getting a good player, but not a great one so don’t overpay.

  39. nineroutsider says: Mar 14, 2012 7:02 PM

    goldrush36 says: Mar 14, 2012 6:23 PM

    Jerome Simpson is gonna serve a nice chunk of jail time….
    I thought those charges were dropped?

  40. nineroutsider says: Mar 14, 2012 7:05 PM

    “Jerome Simpson was charged with Marijuana Trafficking, a Class D Felony. However prosecutors dropped the trafficking charge to ‘Prohibited Acts relating to Controlled Substances’, still a Class D Felony. A sentence of 60 days in jail was recommended and a Judge in Kentucky will later accept this sentence or reduce it. Simpson will also have to serve 3 years probation, 200 hours of community service, complete a drug treatment and more than likely suffer a suspension from the NFL for violating the Substance Abuse Policy.”
    60 days in the pen + 4 game suspension, not bad. Harbaugh will straighten him out. Not great, but he might be worth it.

    Hell, if they are willing to take a chance on Perrish Cox…

  41. hawks49 says: Mar 14, 2012 7:29 PM

    Please don’t sign him unless we cut crabs. Mario has avg at best hands and is a burner who will be way overvalued.

    Our FO is smart and they won’t overpay. I’d like to see a guy with possibly the best hands in the league back on our team: Lloyd. He would make a great slot receiver.

    fingers crossed x

  42. mr49er1981 says: Mar 14, 2012 7:44 PM

    Niners do what you have to do!
    because “who got it better that us”

  43. Fantasy Football Legend says: Mar 14, 2012 8:05 PM

    Land in Dallas!!

  44. cuda1234 says: Mar 14, 2012 8:44 PM

    How about Jacksonville to be reunited with his college QB, Chad Henne?

  45. 7ransponder says: Mar 14, 2012 9:58 PM

    Why are the Vikings tagged on this when there’s no mention in the story of them hosting Manningham?

  46. bubba9er says: Mar 15, 2012 10:54 AM

    Welcome home Brandon Lloyd. Finish where you started.

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