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Rams in contract negotiations with Mario Manningham

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Free agent wide receiver Mario Manningham arrived at Rams Park on Saturday afternoon. The team is trying to keep him there.

According to both Paul Schwartz of the New York Post and Jason La Canfora of NFL Network, Manningham and the Rams are currently in contract negotiations. La Canfora reports that St. Louis is “pushing” to sign Manningham. Per Schwartz, the sides are trying to “hammer out terms” of a deal.

Particularly after Saturday night’s Brandon Lloyd agreement in New England, Manningham is the top free agent wide receiver left on the market.

So in that regard, Manningham has the receiver-needy Rams right where he wants them. Perhaps he’ll get the “No. 1 receiver money” he’s made it no secret he’s seeking.

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33 Responses to “Rams in contract negotiations with Mario Manningham”
  1. revanslightsaber says: Mar 17, 2012 9:03 PM

    Draft Justin Blackmon

  2. ttommytom says: Mar 17, 2012 9:06 PM

    If you want him to stick around, give him a practice wonderlic test. He will be in the same spot this time next week.

  3. twodat says: Mar 17, 2012 9:06 PM

    Go, STL!!

  4. rnazriel says: Mar 17, 2012 9:08 PM

    Good luck Mario. Thanks for the memories.

    A NYG fan

  5. rockbottom37 says: Mar 17, 2012 9:09 PM

    Overrated because of superbowl!

  6. mrlynch33 says: Mar 17, 2012 9:10 PM

    Would be a good pickup…..unfortunately, St. Louis still needs a #1 WR.

  7. schmitty2 says: Mar 17, 2012 9:13 PM

    He would be a nice pickup..hopefully they snag Blackmon as well. Now they just need to add a few OL and they could be decent on offense

  8. valcomm5 says: Mar 17, 2012 9:14 PM

    not a number 1 recvr. yayyy, sam bradford has another so called #1. whats this? his 4th in 3 seasons? welcome to the lou. i guess. lil fella.

  9. gcsuk says: Mar 17, 2012 9:21 PM

    This guy was obligated to a sports memorabilia show today in Chicago. Cancels last second… the people RUNNING the show didn’t find out until 10 minutes after he was supposed to be there. Yes, I was one of the one’s waiting there with my son.

    I realize this is a small thing in many people’s eyes, and this is his career he’s thinking of, but Mario? Don’t make obligations and then break them without telling anyone. OK? Good luck in your future endeavors.

    Signed,

    A Giants fan (and his son)

  10. 7to10for6allday says: Mar 17, 2012 9:24 PM

    Mario is a bum. Being good in NY does not equal bring good in STL. He will suck ass

  11. eaglessuperfan says: Mar 17, 2012 9:25 PM

    VERY overrated

  12. redbirdnation23 says: Mar 17, 2012 9:31 PM

    hey revans, how about this, do you NOT KNOW that the rams have the 6th pick and WILL NOT get blackmon lol. He is projected 4th or 5th pick, leaving them to either claiborne if not taken, if he is then they will draft richardson… lol ya’ll need to learn something. Manningham is the ONLY option for the Rams at this point. If they don’t get him then don’t get blackmon, they will have no one. So best bet is get Mario now. They are trying to BUILD the Rams bit by bit, and right now every move they have made is making them better, so I believe the GM and Fisher are on great terms in bringing this team back.

  13. siggtacular says: Mar 17, 2012 9:40 PM

    Ozzie…. when will you strike

  14. mizzouram says: Mar 17, 2012 9:41 PM

    Hope they don’t give him #1 money.

  15. overlord1976 says: Mar 17, 2012 9:44 PM

    They could have drafted Blackmon if they made the trade with the Browns. Now they will have to reach for a guy like Michael Floyd and overpay Manningham.

  16. weskcfan says: Mar 17, 2012 9:47 PM

    <<>>>>

    I don’t care who you are, shat sh*t is funny, right there…

  17. andyreidisfat says: Mar 17, 2012 9:53 PM

    I think if I am the rams I would rather take my chances with Blackmon or one of the other countless wr in this draft in the 2nd round.

    If they can get Mario on a 1 year small deal or a very team friendly deal I would take him, but no way would I give him number 1 money.

  18. shieldsisland37 says: Mar 17, 2012 9:56 PM

    News Flash, Manningham never emerged until he was the 3rd receiver. He can dominate that spot. He never flourished in any of his chances at number 1 or even 2. So yea.

  19. tolan04 says: Mar 17, 2012 10:10 PM

    rams are doing work this offseason

  20. redrobots44 says: Mar 17, 2012 10:11 PM

    Manningham is what he is but sometimes when your a team like St. Louis your gonna have to spend no 1. money just to get a solid no. 2 type guy. He makes mistakes, but has plenty of ability. As a pats fan who watched him play a lot at Michigan that catch in the Superbowl was exactly who he is, which for the Rams is a huge upgrade over anything they have now.

  21. ramitbaby says: Mar 17, 2012 10:16 PM

    Manningham: 2/3
    Clayton: 2 if healthy
    Alexander: 2 and usually unhealthy
    Amendola: 3
    Salas: 3/4
    Pettis: 4/5

    If this is the Rams’ WR unit going into the season, Steven Jackson can expect the usual nine in the box and we Rams fans can expect the usual 7-yard in/out routes.

  22. gcsuk says: Mar 17, 2012 10:20 PM

    Manningham may thrive in a role where very little is expected of him, or where there is at least one (and usually two) targets to take the heat off of him. While he can make the spectacular circus catch, he can be unreliable (hands-wise) and disappear for stretches. He is very much like a young Brandon Lloyd (4 or 5 years ago). Let’s see if Mario follows the same career path as him.

    That said (and as a Giants fan), I will have fond remembrances of some of his better catches, and not-so-fond memories of some of his more boneheaded mistakes.

  23. sleeplesskingpin says: Mar 17, 2012 10:40 PM

    Mario was never in a position to be a no# 1 wr in New York, its funny how everyone is saying he not. The Giants has had good receivers for a while, I haven’t seen anything in his game that say’s he couldn’t be a No 1.
    Of course NYG will bash him, its NY and he’s leaving, nothing new there. If he goes a season looking like Pettis, Salas or Gibson then yes, let the bashing begin, but until then we are bashing prematurely, Give him a chance to fail first. The Rams will be his first time as a starter and/or a No# 1 WR since Michigan, as a fan he was not a first option but that doesn’t make him a bust!

  24. bensstinkyfingers says: Mar 17, 2012 10:44 PM

    Super Mario Brotha is no #1 , as much as he is believing his own hype from one good catch in the Super Bowl. His overall stats to date show he is a #3 at best. They Must realize the browns are going to take Blackmon at #4. Guess they should’ve made the deal work with Cleveland. Sam still wont have anyone to throw to.

  25. gcsuk says: Mar 17, 2012 11:05 PM

    sleeplesskingpin says:
    Mar 17, 2012 10:40 PM
    Mario was never in a position to be a no# 1 wr in New York, its funny how everyone is saying he not. The Giants has had good receivers for a while, I haven’t seen anything in his game that say’s he couldn’t be a No 1.
    Of course NYG will bash him, its NY and he’s leaving, nothing new there. If he goes a season looking like Pettis, Salas or Gibson then yes, let the bashing begin, but until then we are bashing prematurely, Give him a chance to fail first. The Rams will be his first time as a starter and/or a No# 1 WR since Michigan, as a fan he was not a first option but that doesn’t make him a bust!
    ———————————————————-

    Unless you are a Giants fan (which I’m guessing you are not), then it is probably hard for you to fairly critique Mario, simply because you haven’t watched him play enough. I can’t critique the play of Sam Bradford, because I have not watched him play.

    Speaking as a Giants fan who has not missed a game in the past 10-12 years (on tv, but nonetheless), I can fairly say that Mario does not play as consistently as a true #1 WR should. As I said earlier, he can make the “highlight catch”, but he will REGULARLY drop catches that most NFL WRs will make. This is not “sour grapes”, it is just a fact.

    Did I like Mario while he was a Giant? Sure I did. He seems to be a genuinely good guy…simple, but not the kind of guy who is going to get into trouble or be a clubhouse cancer. I hold no ill will towards him, and wish him well. But any fair Giants fan will tell you, he has had his chances to be a starter, and simply put, “he dropped the ball”.

  26. jkaflagg says: Mar 17, 2012 11:17 PM

    Is there anyone the Rams haven’t signed in the last week ????

  27. mwcarolina says: Mar 17, 2012 11:23 PM

    Actually if they do this (and are able to draft Blackmon too) then this is a great move. because Manningham is a 3rd WR and Blackmon is a future go to guy who i think could be special

  28. bigdaddystyle says: Mar 17, 2012 11:29 PM

    ****sleeplesskingpin says: Mar 17, 2012 10:40 PM

    Mario was never in a position to be a no# 1 wr in New York, its funny how everyone is saying he not. The Giants has had good receivers for a while, I haven’t seen anything in his game that say’s he couldn’t be a No 1****

    Mario consistently blows route adjustments, creeps out of bounds on sideline passes (which made the SB catch even more amazing) and comes across as a dumbass. You could chalk up my opinion as a NYer being harsh or critical, but you’d be wrong. The Giants aren’t stupid. If he was a #2 WR…they would have kept him.

  29. worldchampsbaby says: Mar 17, 2012 11:32 PM

    As a Giant fan forever(since 1958) I KNOW giant football.Mario M is brain dead.He cannot read coverages so he subsequently does the wrong sight adjustment.He also runs poor routes.On his behalf is is very athletic and can make big plays occasionally as a result.Overall, somebody will pay him big bucks.I’m just glad its not the Giants.

  30. peoplesrepublic0fdabayarea says: Mar 17, 2012 11:55 PM

    PWNED by the 49ers….

    …”same ol’ sorry-ass rams”!!!

  31. jfodagreat says: Mar 18, 2012 3:01 AM

    What happend to the Lambs i thought they had this one in the bag OWNED once again by the Red N Gold

  32. johnnyp31 says: Mar 18, 2012 5:15 AM

    Or he will take a 2 yr deal with the 49ers for much less than #1 wr money.

  33. camocav213 says: Mar 18, 2012 8:10 AM

    GET HIM!! HE’LL MAKE THE TEAM BETTER.

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