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Manningham ‘75 Percent’ Sure He’ll Leave Giants, Vindicator Says

Feb. 27 (Bloomberg) -- New York Giants receiver Mario Manningham is “75 percent” certain he will be playing for a different National Football League team next season, the Vindicator, a Youngstown, Ohio, newspaper, reported this weekend.

Manningham, who caught a 38-yard pass on the Giants’ final scoring drive in their Super Bowl win over the New England Patriots, said it might be in his best interest to sign with a new team once free agency begins on March 13, according to the newspaper.

“I’m ready for whatever,” Manningham told the newspaper. “If it ain’t there, it’s somewhere else.”

Manningham had 39 receptions for 523 yards and four touchdowns last season, his fourth since being selected by the Giants in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He was third on the team in catches and touchdown receptions behind Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz.

“I don’t think it’s fair to frame the odds on that,” Giants general manager Jerry Reese told reporters this weekend at the NFL Combine, according to ESPN. “He is a good football player and we’re glad he’s been a Giant for us and his contributions are outstanding for us.”

Manningham, 25, said he had an idea where he would end up, but declined to say where it was, according to the newspaper. ESPN has reported that he may join former Giants quarterback coach Mike Sullivan who is now offensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

-- Editor: Michael Sillup, Jay Beberman

To contact the reporter on this story: Eben Novy-Williams in New York at enovywilliam@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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