Hey, New York Giants fans, do you remember Mario Manningham? Yeah, just that guy that caught the spectacular sideline catch in Super Bowl XLVI to keep the Giants drive alive. Well, he is due to become a free agent in 2014, and the Giants could be in the market for a wide receiver. Enter Manningham.
Since his time on the San Francisco 49ers, fresh off his Super Bowl victory with the Giants, he has been severally underutilized. Manningham has only 51 receptions, 534 yards and one touchdown for the Niners in his two years of play. Now that is incredibly off from his stats prior to leaving. While on the Giants for his first four seasons in the NFL, Manningham had 160 receptions, 2,315 yards and 18 touchdowns.
Now it wouldn’t be out of the ordinary to see Manningham want to return to New York to reunite with his former quarterback in Eli Manning to relive those incredible days. He was once apart of the three-headed dragon the Giants had in their receiving corps with Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz and himself. But because of that, and money, he decided that he wanted to become a more prominent part of an offense, and decided to leave for San Francisco. However, that hasn’t been quite the case he had hoped for.
Almost two years later, Manningham can get the best of both worlds. With Nicks almost surely leaving after his subpar season in 2013, this leaves open a spot for a playmaker for Manning. Rueben Randle hasn’t blossomed quite as ownership had wished he would have, and Cruz can’t do it alone.
So enter Manningham into the mix. He could be a No. 1 receiver opposite of Randle, and Cruz could continue his damage as a slot receiver. We all know he can play, as Giants fans were all witness to his greatness in Super Bowl XLVI, but there just wasn’t room for him on the roster following that victory. Now there is plenty of room for a return, and it almost makes too much sense to bring back one of Eli Manning’s favorite targets for 2014.