02-26-2012, 11:28 AM
MANNINGHAM "75 PERCENT" SURE HE'S GONE (http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/giants/2012/02/manningham-75-percent-sure-hes-gone)

"Mario Manningham is almost certain that his brilliant catch on the winning
drive of Super Bowl XLVI will be one of his last in a Giants

The 25-year-old receiver is “75 percent” sure that he won’t be
re-signing with the Giants when he becomes an unrestricted free agent on March
13. That’s what he told <a href="http://www.vindy.com/news/2012/feb/25/manningham-gets-key-to-city/?newswatch">the
Youngstown (Ohio) Vindicator</a> on Friday, when he returned to his hometown and
was honored at his old high school and presented with a key to the

According to an NFL source, the odds of the Super Bowl hero
leaving might actually be higher than that. The source, who has spoken to
members of the Giants front office recently, said the Giants are preparing for
free agency as if Manningham’s price will end up being far out of their

Manningham said “I’m ready for whatever,” and sounded like he’s
already preparing to play elsewhere in 2012. After catching 160 passes for 2,315
yards in his four years with the Giants – including 39 for 523 yards in 12 games
last season – he apparently agreed with the interviewer that it helped playing
for an “elite” quarterback like Eli Manning.

“But there are a lot of
good quarterbacks in this league,” Manningham said. “I just want the ball more,
that’s all.”

Manningham was a clutch player down the stretch for the
Giants, catching a touchdown in each of their first three playoff games and then
kick-starting the final drive of the Super Bowl with a brilliant, 38-yard catch
along the sidelines. But despite that and his three catches on that
championship-winning drive, he clearly had slipped to third in the pecking order
of the offense behind both Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz. Manningham, according
to one report, wants to be paid like a starter – which makes sense since he
started 28 games the past three seasons.

But that could put him in the
range of $6-7 million per season. And with the Giants projected to be over the
salary cap that most NFL insiders expect will be set at very near the $120
million it was in 2011, the Giants are unlikely to even consider going that high
for the third option in their passing attack.

Reese <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/giants/2012/02/reese-open-to-umenyiora-extension">seemed
to indicate that earlier on Saturday</a> when he spoke about Manningham’s
impending free agency at the scouting combine in Indianapolis. “Obviously,
players, when free agency comes around for them, they want to make as much money
as possible,” Reese said. “We'll see how it unfolds, but he is a good football
player. It’s free agency. Guys are free to do what they want to do. He's been a
good player for us."

Reese also spoke of Jerrel Jernigan, a third-round
pick in 2010, and Ramses Barden, a third-round pick in 2009, as possible
replacements for Manningham in the lineup if he couldn’t be re-signed."</p>

02-26-2012, 11:36 AM
nice catch,go get's some money!just not with the Giants? What about Micheal Floyd replacement?