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February 26, 2012 @ 12:14 pm
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Report: Tampa Bay Could Be In Manningham's Future

Written by Mark
Cook
Mark Cook

Mark
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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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    Id go Mike Wallace. Pitt is not gonna have enough cap space for him.
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    I'm not convinced Manningham can be a true #1 WR. He fell to the thrid spot on the depth chart after the emergence of Cruz. One thing that sticks out to me is the dropped passes. If he has the speed to be a #1 than I would be ok with the signing if it doesn't cost too much. However, for some reason, this feels like a Derrick Ward situation all over again.
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    Manningham is nothing special but I'm sure Sullivan knows what he could bring if signed. My preference is Vincent Jackson.
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    As long as he is dynamite on special teams and doesn't mind being 5th on the depth chart behind Williams, Benn, Briscoe, and our new #1 WR (whoever that is), then by all means sign him for the veteran minimum. He couldn't beat-out anybody in NY so if he thinks he has any shot of being anything more than a situational WR here then he can keep on dreaming and keep looking for a new team.
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    I'd like to know your take on it Cook?
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    I was going to save it for my Insider column but here are the basics. I like the move as long as he isn't overpaid. Hasn't had a 1,000 season (came close), drops a few balls. But the fact is he played in a very disciplined system under Coughlin, understands the work ethic needed to win in the league and I think would set a good example for Benn and Williams. Plus the relationship he and Sullivan have and his understanding of the basics of what Sullivan will implement will be a plus. Would still like to see the Bucs pick up one of the burners at WR in the draft but not at No. 5. I will have a lot more Tuesday in the Insider. Have talked to one of the big NY newspaper Giants beat writers and learned a lot more about Sullivan. I'll call him tomorrow and also get some scoop on Manningham.
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    PewterReportMC, It makes sense if we don't over pay him and draft a speedy WR much much much later in the draft; like at 7th round. I really see players from the No. 2-12 spot all about the same unless a team is willing to reach based on a need. Based on that opinion, we might want to go ahead and draft at NO. 5 our greatest need which I believe is a LB?
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    please no we already have three or four of these same type of wideouts we need speed, don't over pay for this once in a lifetime catch guy that was the fourth option on the passing tree behind cruz,nicks, and ballard
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    No. Let me put it this way, "If there's no speed, there's no need."
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    Guy drops too many balls and is too similar a player to many of the recievers already on this team. Not a big deal if they sign him. However...Wallace anyone? He is the burner we need or maybe even D jackson if he doesnt get tagged.
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    I've listened to Manningham speak during numerous interviews. He will fit perfectly with our club. He's a moron. Yo, but maybe yo Iz juss be buggin'. He is a 3 at best. We should not overpay for the guy. After the catch he made in the Super Bowl, his head will be bigger than his paycheck.
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    Manningham had the best catch in the Super Bowl, but let's remember all the drops he had during the regular season.
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    doesn't excite me much....we have depth at WR, and he could very well be a #3 or 4 WR here, especially if we draft another WR high. i don't see how a multi-year deal for manningham here helps either party long-term. i think we have the ingredients for an excellent offense, besides breakaway speed at WR and a 3rd down RB, and manningham doesn't fill either need
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    We are limited as to what will be spend on Free Agency despite what some of you may want to believe. We are okay with WR's right now and I don't see the benefit of signing him for millions. I would prefer we spend the money on a RB/CB/Safety/Center/LB/OL in Free Agency. Don't forget we have a few players on ther Roster that have to be signed before free Agency starts.
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    Williams got his head on straight mid season and even with a lousy offensive scheme still managed 65 catches same as his rookie season...in two seasons 130 receptions for 1700 yards and 14 tds...he and Benn are going to light it up in this wr friendly offense of Sullivan's. Williams is a star.
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    I think he would be a nice piece of the puzzle to add. I disagree that he has better hands than Mike Williams or Rejus Benn. They can both catch. However I do believe he would be the best WR at getting seperation. Manningham would not be our #1 WR, just a piece to the puzzle. I think Benn will emerge as our #1 WR this year if we don't draft a WR in the 1st round.
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    Mario M is an instant upgrade for our WRs the bucs have the cap room for Mario and Vincent Jackson. even if They dont get Jackson Mario M is faster and has better hands than anyone else we have on our team....
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    We don't want this guy, he was taking bong rips at my house in LA 2 weeks before his Rose Bowl game when he was in college
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    Id say that if Tampa could be sign with Tampa then thats another piece of the puzzle-Go Bucs in 2012
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    Manningham has better speed and hands than any receiver on our team, yes. But he isn't good enough to be a #1 receiver in my opinion. I still think a FA corner and LB are way bigger needs right now.
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    Tampa does not need another #2 WR, we need a #1 WR. Can we not get one of the Jackson's?
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    Manningham sounds good, but the Bucs have had only mixed results with FA receivers (1.e. Joey G vs Harper).
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    get Trent Richardson/Mo Claiborne then if he's still there get WR Stephen Hill in the second! 6'4" 4.3 forty!
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    This would be gooood.
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    this would be a great addition..get it done bucs!
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