In the time of free agency, the NFL has seen a number of players moving from team to team in the past week. After struggling last season, the New York Giants needed to do something to improve.
Mario Manningham is the latest player to be placed on a new team, and will be returning to the place where he spent much of his career.
He just signed a one-year contract with the New York Giants, a team that he played with for four years, before leaving for the San Francisco 49ers.
Manningham was plagued with an injury throughout the 2013 season, which caused him to only have nine receptions for 85 yards in six games. He had great success with the Giants, and in his first season with the 49ers, following his recovery, he could be a top receiver again.
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After last year, the Giants clearly need to get better somehow, and in addition to their new receiver, they have already acquired defensive backs Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Walter Thurmond and Quintin Demps, running back Rashad Jennings, offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz and kick returner Trindon Holliday in free agency.
Despite rejoining a New York Giants team that has been struggling for the past year, Mario Manningham is excited to return to the team that drafted him. The 27-year-old receiver said "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."
He was an important receiver with the Giants during their run for the Super Bowl in 2012, and could be a helpful addition to their roster. He caught touchdown passes in each of the Giants' three NFC playoff victories, and made a key fourth-quarter reception along the sideline in the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots.
Throughout his six-season career in the NFL, Manningham has 211 catches for 2,849 yards and 19 touchdowns. He helped the Giants win the Super Bowl in 2012, and was a part of the San Francisco 49ers team that lost to the Ravens in 2013, a team that almost made it back to the Super Bowl again this year.
The Giants started the 2013 season as one of the worst teams in the league, and eventually were able to improve, but not enough. Can Mario Manningham help his old team get back to the way they used to be?
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