Last season, the New York Giants welcomed back Brandon Jacobs from a short hiatus with the San Francisco 49ers, and now the team announced on Giants.com that it has brought back wide receiver Mario Manningham on a one-year contract. Giants.com senior writer/editor Michael Eisen highlighted Manningham's injury-plagued stint with the Niners on the official New York Giants' website.
"Manningham’s two seasons with the 49ers were cut short by injury. In 2012, he played in 12 games before tearing his ACL, which forced him to go on injured reserve and miss San Francisco’s postseason run to Super Bowl XLVII. Last year, he began the season on the physically unable to perform list. Manning returned to play in six games, but again ended up on injured reserve because of recurring issues with his knee," Eisen wrote.
But the veteran receiver was a productive member of Big Blue from the time he was drafted out of the University of Michigan in 2008 (3rd round, 95th overall) until the 2011 NFL season, which culminated in a Giants' 21-17 victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI. Overall, he had 160 receptions in 50 games for the G-men with 18 touchdown catches.
He is perhaps best remembered for an incredible 38-yard over-the-shoulder catch on the Giants' final drive in Super Bowl XLVI that later set up an Ahmad Bradshaw game-winning touchdown.
Manningham's best season with New York was 2010; when he had 60 catches for 944 receiving yards and nine touchdowns, including a 92-yard touchdown catch in the season's final game against the Washington Redskins.
Manningham exuded enthusiasm when his signing was announced, as he told Giants.com, "I’m happy to be back. I’m real excited. It’s just great to see everybody, be around familiar faces, knowing everybody in the past and just being comfortable around everybody."
“Once a Giant, always a Giant. That’s how I feel. This is a very special place. I wanted to come back.”
The former Michigan Wolverine has been in the league for six seasons, and according to OverTheCap.com, a website that lists NFL player salaries, Manningham's deal is for a very reasonable $730,000 for 2014.
Manningham's presence bolsters a receiving corps that already includes Victor Cruz, Rueben Randle and Jerrel Jernigan. The Giants may also look to supplement their current group with a big bodied receiver in May's NFL draft, as the team has scuffled in the red zone for the past two seasons.