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Manningham likely done with Giants; Bucs next?

Posted on: February 26, 2012 9:22 am
Edited on: February 26, 2012 2:18 pm
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INDIANAPOLIS -- While New York Giants' general manager Jerry Reese refused to speculate on the future of Super Bowl hero and soon-to-be-free-agent Mario Manningham, sources at this weekend's NFL scouting combine said there is virtually no chance he is back with the Giants.

Instead, they said, Manningham is expected to follow former Giants assistant Mike Sullivan to Tampa Bay. Sullivan, who was the Giants quarterbacks coach, took a job as Tampa Bay's offensive coordinator.

Manningham was the Giants' third leading receiver last season with 39 catches, but he recently told The Vindicator of Youngstown, Ohio, there was a "75 percent chance" he wouldn't return to the Giants and that he "wants the ball more." With Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz each producing over 1,000 yards in receptions last season, that is unlikely to happen in New York.

But there are other reasons Manningham won't be back, sources said. First, they said, he would know Sullivan's offense, so there is no learning curve. Second, people close to Manningham indicate that he wants to go to a warm-weather club, and last time I checked Tampa Bay qualified on that score. Third, sources said the Giants probably wouldn't make him a contract offer, not only because they believe his price may be too high but because they're more interested in a wide receiver who can line up at more than one or two spots at the position, which, they said, Manningham cannot.

Manningham's 38-yard over-the-shoulder catch led the Giants to a come-from-behind victory over New England in Super Bowl XLVI -- a catch reminiscent of David Tyree's spectactular reception in Super Bowl XLII and a catch that, like Manningham, led the Giants to a comeback defeat of the Patriots.

Tyree never caught another pass for New York, and, it appears, Manningham won't, either.

"He won't be back," one source predicted.





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Since: Apr 25, 2012
Posted on: May 10, 2012 3:34 am
 

Manningham likely done with Giants; Bucs next?

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Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: March 3, 2012 5:03 pm
 

Manningham likely done with Giants; Bucs next?

SB champs do not repeat...much less get back to the conference championship game. I suggest that anyone who plays for the Giants to jump ship now. Not only will the Giants play the toughest schedule as a reward for being the champ there are no indications that they are a team on the rise. Eli Manning was a washed up loser until this past season. It's true...only one Manning can shine in the NFL at one time. I doubt that Peyton will take getting pawned by his little brother lightly. He will show the world that Peyton Manning can win with ANY team.....which is why he is going to the hapless Cardinals, Seahawks, and Rams. Everyone on this site ahs been saying Peyton is going to the NFC West....really? The guy would be better served going to a team that is not as dysfunctional as those three. Let's see...since the Colts used to play for Baltimore...how about Peyton going to play for the Ravens. Now that would be a great idea. An awesome defense with an awesome QB. New England Patriot fans must be SO jealous!



Since: Feb 4, 2012
Posted on: March 2, 2012 8:22 pm
 

Manningham likely done with Giants; Bucs next?

Hate to see him go but Id love it if Ramses Barden stepped up and became the Plaxico Buress type we all hoped he would be when we drafted him. Hey, hes automatic with fade routes in the end zone when I play madden 12. ;)




Since: Aug 5, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2012 5:27 pm
 

Manningham likely done with Giants; Bucs next?

yeah, I cant spell for $hit....



Since: Aug 5, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2012 5:26 pm
 

Manningham likely done with Giants; Bucs next?

I think Maningham's catch in the SB was great - but it was so perfectly placed that he HAD to catch it. It's not indicitative of this body of work. The guy is not mentally prepared to play for a sophysticated offense as the number 1 or 2 receiver. He's made some great catches, but lets face it, he continually loses sight of the sidelines (as mentioned in the SB), and he has droped some important passes in big games. He's shouldnt be paid by the Giants like a #2 or better and his ego (post SB catch) will prevent him from continuing to play for a top teired team like the Giants. By the way, the SS12 move by JR clearly was the right one. He was not healthy enough to preform for the Giants - and he didnt cut it in Philly either.  



Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2012 8:50 pm
 

Manningham likely done with Giants; Bucs next?

Thats just stupidly said. You wanna tell me Steve Smith wasn't worth a 2 million contract? You wanna tell me that letting a guy we practically raised and turned into an all-pro go to a division rival is looking out for the bettement of the NY Giant organization. Hurt or not, the guy was well worth a decent offer after what he has done for us and how important he was for us at the time. Guys that know football in and out and are always working hard looking for the best new talent----What kind of "new" talent are you talking about? We spent about 2 picks a year on LB's for the past 5 years, we dont have a TE. NE can get 2 all pro TE's in one draft but we cant get a LB or TE in 5?? How have we drafted after the 07 superbowl? Peirre-Paul, Nicks, and ummmmmmm, umm, um,  yeaaaaaa ENOUGH SAID
So what's life like with your head wedged up your four point of contact?  So you're telling me you would have been completely comfortable giving a guy 2 million dollars who produced 11 catches, 124 yards, and a TD?  Hey kid, the Giants wouldn't have won the SB with Smith occupying a roster spot.  Simply put if Smith were on the roster would Cruz get the shot he did?  Hmmmm.......

And you're going to compare BB's draft record with Jerry Reese over the past four years because of two TE's?  Really?  Take a close look at what Reese has done.  The Giants don't need a TE in their offensive system, it's a run and shoot variant.  Why do you think Shockey left town and HATED his role with the team? 

Try Pierre-Paul, Nicks, Cruz (FA pick up), Ballard (another FA pick up), Phillips, Linval Joseph, Terrel Thomas, Prince.  That's just off the top of my head.  That is some pretty respectable talent there.  We're now in a position that the Giants WILL lose one of two starting CB's in the past two years and STILL be OK at a critical position.

They're the champions man.  What more do you want?

Buy a clue.



Since: Feb 28, 2012
Posted on: February 28, 2012 1:22 am
 

Manningham likely done with Giants; Bucs next?

That in so many ways is what sets the Giants above others--whether it was George Young or Ernie Accorsi or now Mr. Reese, their GM's have been shrewd football minds, men who understand the game and who have the backing of owners like the Maras who are willing to go out and sign those their GM's feel warrant it, or orchestrate the type of trade that we got in the Eli for flooded Rivers. 
The Giants do it sometimes just the opposite of the Yabkees, yet both get it done...With the Giants, money is an issue, but they will go for the quality player who is worth the money, while the Yankees use the money they have to broker great deals...as I said, both know what it means to produce champions in their own way, and it starts at the top and runs through shrewd GM offices to the field leaders and players. 



Since: Feb 28, 2012
Posted on: February 28, 2012 1:15 am
 

Manningham likely done with Giants; Bucs next?

If Domenik Hixson can return healthy, Manningham might become not the 3rd, but the 4th WR on the depth chart. Victor Cruz is a stud, and Hakeen Nicks is one of the best pair of hands in the NFL. Manningham would be the slot, but he will never be the type of slot that Wes Welker is for the Patriots because Big Blue runs a different kind of offense. Jake Ballard, Beckhum, Wisnoski and Bradshaw out of the backfield and others can catch passes, and this year's draft seems to have some deep threats later in the draft.
Plus, players like Garcon and others are becoming available, so there will be others out there to choose.
It's just ironic that their TD passes would be the last for both D Tyree and Mar-Man.
   



Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: February 28, 2012 12:06 am
 

Manningham likely done with Giants; Bucs next?

bigbluemangroup-I bet you were one of the people that wanted Reeses head last offseason. The Giants win the superbowl now everybody is back on his dik.  <span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #333333; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;"> Reese won't sign fan favorites for more than they are worth because..well..because he has brains and is looking out for the bettement of the NY Giant organization. <span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #333333; font-size: 12px;">----Thats just stupidly said. You wanna tell me Steve Smith wasn't worth a 2 million contract? You wanna tell me that letting a guy we practically raised and turned into an all-pro go to a division rival is looking out for the bettement of the NY Giant organization. Hurt or not, the guy was well worth a decent offer after what he has done for us and how important he was for us at the time. Guys that know football in and out and are always working hard looking for the best new talent----What kind of "new" talent are you talking about? We spent about 2 picks a year on LB's for the past 5 years, we dont have a TE. NE can get 2 all pro TE's in one draft but we cant get a LB or TE in 5?? How have we drafted after the 07 superbowl? Peirre-Paul, Nicks, and ummmmmmm, umm, um,  yeaaaaaa ENOUGH SAID. <span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #333333; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">There is only so much $ to go around. Every team has a cap and no one can go over it.<span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #333333; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">-----Well DUH. Why do you think we were so close to the cap after the cba? Why do u think our payroll was so high we basically had no room to maneuver? Why do you think we were picking for pennies while teams like the Eagles were signing all-pros?? Why do you think it took guys renegotiating their contracts to bring other guys back? Why do you think we were in that situation?? I'll give you a hint, JERRY REESE had a little something to do with that. Bigbluemangroup-you sound like a new guy who just jumped on the bandwagon. If you dont know your shyt, shut up. 



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: February 27, 2012 5:19 pm
 

Manningham likely done with Giants; Bucs next?

Manningham would be the best WR Jacksonville has seen since Jimmy Smith retired, and that seem like ages ago.  I doubt he goes to the Jags, but they ought to at least take a shot at him. 


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