NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Giants are remaking themselves with a lot of the new and a little bit of the old.
That’s not to say Mario Manningham is by any means old.
The Giants and the 27-year-old free agent wide receiver agreed to a one-year contract on Tuesday, according to multiple reports. The move reunites quarterback Eli Manning with a receiver who played a big role in the Giants’ run to the 2010 Super Bowl championship.
Manningham was drafted by the Giants out of Michigan back in 2008 and quietly became a key cog in a passing attack that was among the best in the NFL. However, during the 2011 season he struggled through injuries that contributed to a steep drop in production from his career-high 60 receptions, 944 yards and nine touchdowns, set the previous season.
The Giants then decided to let Manningham walk and he signed with San Francisco, but more bouts with injuries, including an ACL tear, limited him to just 51 catches, 539 yards and a single TD in 18 games over the last two seasons.
A fan favorite, Manningham, when healthy, will be a key piece to a Giants receiving corps that this time features Victor Cruz, Rueben Randle and Jerrell Jernigan. Hakeem Nicks signed with Indianapolis last week.
Giants general manager Jerry Reese has been very active this offseason trying to revamp his club following last season’s 7-9 disappointment. So far, he has signed, among others, running back Rashad Jennings, offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz, cornerback Walter Thurmond, and safety Quintin Demps, and has also worked out deals with several of his own players, including linebacker Jon Beason, running back Peyton Hillis, safety Stevie Brown and corner Trumaine McBride.
On Monday, the Giants reportedly agreed to a five-year, $39 million deal with cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and signed kick-return specialist Trindon Holliday.
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