49ers wide receiver Mario Manningham, who is recovering from torn anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments in his left knee, has had his 2013 salary cut from $3.6 million to $1.8 million, according to Jay Hurley of NinersNation.com (via Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com).
Maiocco, who confirmed the salary cut, reports that $1.25 million of the $1.8 million is injury-guaranteed only. He also noted that the 49ers aren’t planning on having Manningham at the start of training camp after suffering the knee injuries on Dec. 23 in Seattle.
Manningham, 26, caught 42 passes for 449 yards and one touchdown for San Francisco in 12 games (10 starts) in 2012.
The 49ers strengthened their pass-catching corps earlier this week with the trade for Baltimore’s Anquan Boldin. Moreover, receiver Michael Crabtree became a force late last season with Colin Kaepernick at quarterback. Also, tight end Vernon Davis is one of the game’s best at his position.
A healthy Manningham would give the 49ers yet another playmaker, but you have to wonder how many targets there are to go around with Boldin, Crabtree and Davis and the Niners’ commitment to the running game.