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Mario Manningham to Meet with New York Giants on Monday

March 16th, 2014 at 5:15 PM
By Dan Benton

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.

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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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Tags: Ben McAdoo, Football, Hakeem Nicks, Indianapolis, Indianapolis Colts, Jerry Reese, Kevin Gilbride, Mario Manningham, New Jersey, New York, New York Giants, NFL, San Francisco, San Francisco 49ers

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24 Responses to “Mario Manningham to Meet with New York Giants on Monday”

  1.  LT4President says:

    Sign DRC.. Bring Mario home… Draft Ebron and lets call it an offseason.

  2.  fanfor55years says:

    Don’t know how to re-post on iPhone so Dan, I posted on previous thread kudos to you. Great job in free agency. Your critics and Jerry Reese’s should offer big apologies.

    Oh yeah, Mario at vet minimum or a little more? No brainer.

  3.  jdimauro36 says:

    This would be a huge pick up I think. I know he is no Hakeem Nicks but he still was pretty damn good when he was here for that super bowl run. And not to mention we should get him at our price now and he is still only 27.

  4.  Begiant says:

    If by some chance we do sign DRC. Then we would have Prince and DRC on the outside. WT3 on the inside and Hosely and Mcbride as depth. With Hill, Rolle, brown, and Demps as safeties, that would be one of the best secondaries in the league.

  5.  TroyThorne says:

    Dan, be honest. How many times did you dry heave writing this article?

    On a more serious note, I was always one of Manningham’s biggest fans so I would be down for this if he passes a physical (he would cost next to nothing).

  6.  rlhjr says:

    When the combination of Nicks Manningham and Cruz was broken up the Giants air attack went in the dumper. Those three has synergy that few if any WR combinations had league wide. Add a player like Ebron and it could happen again. In fact it could happen without Ebron.

  7.  Marques G says:

    I just want to say thanks Dan and everybody else putting in the hard work for keeping this site going especially during this time where it gets a little silly with Free Agency and the draft….also I think Dan Graziano is a total **** that is all Go Giants!!

  8.  jfunk says:

    Good thing I didn’t throw away my jersey yet. :-P

  9.  Kevin Page says:

    I’m not buying the logic that “we can’t realistically compete or expect much in 2014″ and it’s “all about 2015″. Simply and utter nonsense.

    The NFL is a ball bounce and call away from a team winning a division and another going home with a lackluster season. The Parity between teams is razor thin.

    All it takes is the right group of guys “clicking” and staying relatively healthy and then you have a legitimate shot.

    •  BleedingBlueSince04 says:

      Jup. I agree 100%

    •  jfunk says:

      Agreed.

      JRs done a good job of filling our glaring holes so far. Most of these pickups have been relatively known quantities that there’s no reason to expect to be anything less than “solid”. The center being the biggest risk due to health.

      We need to find a #1/2 corner and add a difference maker in the 1st or 2nd round. At that point, I feel we’ll be right in the mix with all the other teams that just need things to go their way.

      Sure, there’s always a couple teams that are paper favorites because of how great their roster looks, but the roll of the dice is the great equalizer once the season starts. The 2013 Seahawks are probably the only “paper champs” that wound up coming through in recent memory.

      We’re one or two solid additions from being plenty good enough to roll the dice.

  10.  BillyS says:

    The fact that DRC is going to take a physical tomorrow makes it sound like he really could sign. You don’t usually give a physical for a guy unless you’re legitimately serious about wanting him on your team. The Jets apparently want him (especially Rex), but you don’t hear anything about him taking a physical with the Jets…

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