After two years on the opposite coast, Mario Manningham is going back to his original NFL team.
Manningham has agreed to a one-year deal with the Giants, a league source tells PFT.
The 27-year-old Manningham was a third-round draft pick of the Giants in 2008 and played four years there. In his best season, 2010, he caught 60 passes for 944 yards and nine touchdowns. The Giants would love to see Manningham return to the form he showed when he was at his best in his previous stint in New York.
But it’s been a while since Manningham was at his best. Manningham signed a two-year contract with the 49ers as a free agent in 2012, but he never contributed much in San Francisco. His first season was off to a disappointing start even before he suffered a torn ACL, and in 2013 he was slow to recover from that injury and was a non-factor when he did return, catching just nine passes before going on injured reserve for the second year in a row.
Manningham has a good rapport with Eli Manning and is a natural to fill in for the departed Hakeem Nicks in the Giants’ passing game. If Manningham is back to full speed, a return to New York makes sense to both sides.