REPORT: MARIO MANNINGHAM EXPECTED TO SIGN WITH TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
"The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will continue their pilfering of the
Giants when free agency begins, and are expected to sign wide receiver Mario
Manningham reports Clarke Judge of CBS Sports.
Manningham (L) fails to catch a pass as he is interfered with by Buffalo
Bills Drayton Florence (R) in the second quarter during their NFL football
game in East Rutherford, New Jersey, October 16, 2011. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine
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"Manningham is expected to follow former Giants' assistant Mike Sullivan to
Sullivan, who was the Giants' quarterbacks coach, recently took a job as Tampa
Bay's offensive coordinator," Judge wrote.
This news comes less than 24 hours after Manningham said there was a 75% chance he wouldn't be back with the team, and that they're
not likely to repeat as Super Bowl champions.
While speaking with the media at the NFL Combine, General Manager Jerry Reese conceded to Mario's 75% figure, and acknowledged
that free agents coming off of Super Bowl victories are often looking for big
“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
Not only does Super Mario want more money, he wants more passes thrown his
way … two things Big Blue just can't give him. So, once again, the business side
of the game rears its ugly head for the Giants and they'll now be looking to
fill a hole at wide receiver; something that could possibly come via promotion
from within (see: Ramses Barden and Jerrel Jernigan).
In Tampa, Mario will have the luxury of working with Mike Sullivan, so he
won't have to extend himself learning a completely new system. He'll also be
playing in warm weather, which is another commodity he was seeking in free