It almost seems like an inevitability. The New York Giants need a wide receiver. Mario Manningham needs a new home. And now, the former wide receiver is headed back to where it all started as he'll meet with General Manager Jerry Reese & Co. in New Jersey on Monday.
Manningham, who was originally drafted in the third-round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Giants, has spent the previous two seasons as a member of the San Francisco 49ers. However, life in San Fran has not been too kind to one of the Super Bowl XLVI heroes, as Manningham has played in only 18 games and seen a significant decline in his production due to injuries and inconsistency.
In his first season with the 49ers, Manningham suffered a torn ACL which landed him on season-ending Injured Reserve (IR) after just 12 games. Then, a season ago, the wide receiver was slow to return from his reconstructive knee surgery and caught only nine passes in six games before once again landing on season-ending IR.
Now, with a mutual need, the Giants may look to Manningham to replace his former counterpart, Hakeem Nicks, who signed with the Indianapolis Colts earlier this week.
Manningham is reportedly "highly interested" in a return to the Giants, and may actually be a better fit in Ben McAdoo's offensive system than he was in Kevin Gilbride's, where he struggled mightily with route adjustments.
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