Let's talk about Super Mario. Not the plumber who is constantly trying to save Peach -- New York Giants WR Mario Manningham, whose potential departure is creating buzz all over ESPNNewYork.com.
"geez Giants fans, you can at least thank the dude for saving your tails against NE before kicking him out the door. I like Mario. But he is someone who doesn't realize he is a #2. He could be the best #2 in the NFL with a different attitude. Considering I am a Lions fan, and our #2 is Nate Burelson, you have to acknowledge Manningham is far better than that. He will help some young team though, good luck brother."
Ed.'s note -- I have him behind Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks. If he will take less money then it makes sense to keep him, but I sense he will not be in Blue in August.
"He'll end up like Deion Branch...go some place else and underachieve then beg to come back. I can't knock him for trying to cash in especially since nothing in the NFL is guaranteed. Someone will over pay and lose their job for signing him."
Ed.'s note -- Now is his chance to get paid. I don’t think most fans will knock him for taking the money to play for someone else.
"Someone will overpay, he'll disappoint. Same old story as many who have came before him."
Ed.'s note -- That depends on what is expected of him: don’t expect him to gain over 1,000 yards nor catch 10 TDs (he hasn’t done either yet). He’s only 25 and has some years ahead of him but he's not a No. 1.
From the corresponding Giants blog post:
"Realistically Manningham was suppose to be the #2 WR. It's just that Cruz went above and beyond last year and became their leading receiver. If they cut ties with [Brandon] Jacobs and let Kareem McKenzie go, they can sign Manningham as a # 2 and make Cruz earn that big contract in 2013 as a slot receiver."
Ed.'s note -- It simply comes down to whether he is worth the money.
"Manningham has made more than just "one catch" this year,but I get what everyone is saying. Someone will pay Mario for his playoff performance. Osi is a must at the right price."
- Da'Sean Smalls
Ed.'s note -- Right. Osi Umenyiora is worth the money he is asking for, and Manningham isn’t.