Giants sign Mario Manningham

The Giant will sign Mario Manningham to a one-year deal (Rapoport, March 18).

Manningham visited the Giants on Monday night and returned to the facility on Tuesday to undergo a physical (Vacchiano, March 18).

Manngingham spent two seasons in San Francisco, playing in only 18 games due to a knee injury, with just over 500 yards receiving and one touchdown. In four years with the Giants, from 2008-2011, Manningham had 18 touchdowns and over 2,000 yards receiving.

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

The Giants are filling up all their openings as fast as their critics can point them out. They will be going into this May’s draft with fewer needs than anyone expected. It is a good place to be in.

Manningham is a nice fit for the Giants, as long as he remains a complimentary player. They always thought highly of him and Eli, as we know, has a lot of confidence in Mario. He appears to be healthy enough to warrant a second act here with the Giants.

Does that mean that WR won’t be a possibility in the draft? Never assume anything with these Giants. They logged in a losing season for the first time in a decade an did not like the taste of it. They are willing (and finally able) to do everything in their power to get back into contention.




15 comments
McGeorge
McGeorge

The Giants have done well this free agents period, I like their moves, and they made some inexpensive pickups.

I can see Rodgers-Crommartie not performing to his pay level, but they do need him.

I give the Giants an A-

Skookaloop
Skookaloop

Draft Options, 1st Round

  O                      D

-----               -------

QB -- XX       CB -- CB

RB --XX        SS -- XX

FB --XX        FS --  XX

OT -- OT      DT -- DT

OG -- XX      DE -- DE

 C -- XX       OLB -- OLB

TE -- TE       ILB -- XX

WR -- WR    

Draft Deep Positions : WR -- CB

1st,R-- OT -- TE -- DT -- DE -- OLB

cole3244
cole3244

bringing back a player you already let go is not a sign of progress imo, especially with the draft being so full of wr talent.

greekgod
greekgod

Glad to  see Mario back but don't get excited on him doing anything really beneficial for the team...he has a  bad knee. Not good.

mique1313
mique1313

I am so happy.  I just wanna cry.  So many great moves.  I can't wait fo the season to start.  :)



Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

john,

signing Manningham is a low risk, high return move. Still see them drafting a WR (maybe not in the 1st round). The WR depth in this years draft is arguably the deepest of any position. I like Brandon Colemen (Rutgers) who is projected to go in the 3rd thru 5th rounds. Giants have yet to address a TE, LT, and C. in FA. That could change before FA ends.

mike23
mike23

depth move, would still draft a talented WR in the draft though as well as figure out what to do at TE and of course offensive and defensive line. 

Jeff Comerford
Jeff Comerford

Everyone seems to forget that the Giants are going to be running a new offensive playbook this season.  One of Mario's biggest weaknesses is his ability to pick up the playbook.  (He frequently ran incorrect patterns during his first tenure with the Giants).


He had great physical talent - but we will see how he has recovered from the knee surgery.

ponzies86
ponzies86

Hopefully he can catch more then drops this time around with big blue

fast_eddie
fast_eddie

Alright, not a bad move at all. He and Eli have some familiarity and chemistry. Hopefully he's health enough to make the team. Welcome home Mario! 

rico
rico

Welcome back Super-Mario

Jeff Comerford
Jeff Comerford

@Gary Dinapoli @Jeff Comerford  True - Gilbride did run a complex offense - but most playbooks are comprehensive.  It was reported at the time he was drafted that on the wonderlic test he scored a 6 out of 50.  The Average score on this test is 20.


If you also look at his numbers with the niners, he didn't have much of a role on the team in the early part of the season.  My guess - difficulty in understanding the playbook.


Keep in mind - I want him to succeed. I just think that if you are expecting him to hit the ground running, you may be disappointed.