The busy week for 49ers GM Trent Baalke and the front office continues with the announcement that former Giants WR Mario Manningham will visit the team on Thursday. The 49ers also recently announced cornerback Carlos Rogers agreed to a four-year, $31.3 million contact keeping the team’s stout defense intact from last season.
After the Randy Moss signing, I thought nothing else could surprise me. Then, the 49ers said they will bring in Manningham for a workout from them hated NY Giants. Manningham may have broken the hearts of the 49ers Faithful, but after watching his amazing catch against the Patriots in the Super Bowl, I say sign him!
Signing Manningham will be easier said than done as the Dolphins and Bills are also interested in his services, and he could demand a big contract the 49ers are not willing to pay. The receiver has a lot of upside. He is only 25 years old, stands 6 feet tall and would be a great compliment to Moss and Michael Crabtree in the receiving corps. He is not a deep threat but could fit in well as the No. 3 receiver like he was in New York.
Manningham did miss four games in 2011 because of a knee injury but still caught 39 passes for 523 yards and four touchdowns. Here are the rest of Manningham’s stats from 2008-2010:
2008: 4 rec, 26 yards, 0 TD
2009: 57 rec, 822 yards, 5 TD’s
2010: 60 rec, 944 yards, 9 TD’s
Other Free Agent Signings By The 49ers
CB Perrish Cox (2 years, $1.02 million): In one week the 49ers signed two players who have troubled pasts and were out of the NFL last season. In addition to Moss, the 49ers signed Cox who is cornerback that was drafted by the Broncos in 2010. However he was released after his first season in the NFL because of sexual assault charges leveled against him. Cox was acquitted of those charges earlier this month.
Sounds like Jim Harbaugh could have his hands full this season but something tells me the coach relishes situations like this. Taking players other teams have casted off for whatever reason and turning them into Pro Bowlers. See, examples: Alex Smith, and hopefully, Randy Moss.
LB Larry Grant (1 year, $1.26 million): The way Grant played while Patrick Willis was out was more than enough to re-sign the linebacker. Grant had 32 tackles, two sacks and one forced fumble last season.
LS Brian Pontbriand (1 year, $826,000): Even though the 49ers have Pro Bowl long snapper Brian Jennings, they signed Pontbriand.
CB Tramaine Brock (1 year, $540,000)
DT Will Tukuafu (2 years, $1.02 million)
WR Brett Swain
LB Tavares Gooden
49ers Players Signed By Other Teams
WR Joshua Morgan (Redskins): It’s sad to see Morgan sign with another team and I thought the 49ers would bring him back even after the Moss signing. But signing Moss may have been a signal to Morgan he was not wanted back in San Francisco. He has a bright future if he can stay healthy.
LB Blake Costanzo (Bears): Costanzo signing with the Bears surprised me because of how well he played on special teams last season. He was great at blocking and tackling on returns.