After catching a 38-yard fourth quarter pass that will live in Super Bowl infamy helping New York beat the Patriots this year, Giants wide receiver Mario Manningham is reportedly unlikely to return to the Big Apple, and may take his talents to Tampa Bay according to CBSSports.com’s Clark Judge.
Judge cited sources close to the organization that Manningham doesn’t want to be the Giants No. 3 receiver behind Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks, and also prefers to play in a “warm weather” climate. Add in the fact that Manningham’s former receivers coach Mike Sullivan is now the new offensive coordinator in Tampa along with the Buccaneers tons of cap space (approx. $67 million), the connection would make sense.
Manningham’s four-year NFL career numbers are impressive with the former Michigan star reeling in 160 receptions for 2,315 yards (14.5 average) and 18 touchdowns. The former third-round draft pick had his best season in 2010 catching 60 passes for 944 (15.7 average) and nine TD’s including a 92-yarder that year.
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