With the departure of Hakeem Nicks, the Giants were in the market for a veteran wide receiver. They looked over the free agent eligible list and decided to bring back Mario Manningham, the Super Bowl XLVI hero who has spent the past two seasons with the San Francisco 49ers.
Have they chosen familiarity over production and upside? Perhaps. Manningham has been plagued by an unstable left knee the past several years, although it is now stable enough for the Giants' doctors to give him a clean bill of health. He has always been a favorite of QB Eli Manning and the Giants' front office. Another positive is his age. He turns 28 in May.