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    MANNINGHAM "75 PERCENT" SURE HE'S 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
    uniform.


    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 the
    Youngstown (Ohio) Vindicator
    on Friday, when he returned to his hometown and
    was honored at his old high school and presented with a key to the
    city.

    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
    range.

    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 seemed
    to indicate that earlier on Saturday
    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."

    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1

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    Re: MANNINGHAM "75 PERCENT" SURE HE'S GONE

    nice catch,go get's some money!just not with the Giants? What about Micheal Floyd replacement?

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