With free-agency all about who can strike the richest deal, there are others out there which value winning a Super Bowl more. In a cost saving move, San Francisco 49ers WR Mario Manningham offered to take a pay-cut to give some much needed cap relief to the 49ers. Manningham was scheduled to make $3.6 million this upcoming season, but dropped his payroll to $1.8 million to remain with the team.
In Manningham’s first year with the 49ers, he accumulated 42 receptions for 449 yards and one touchdown. In 2012, Manningham’s season abruptly ended when he tore both his MCL and ACL in last year’s meeting with the Seattle Seahawks, resulting in him missing the last four games of the regular season and playoffs. In Manningham’s five-year career he has 202 receptions, 2,764 yards, and 19 touchdowns.
Manningham has been a great role player since signing with San Francisco, and this act of loyality, only confirms that belief. With the 49ers now stocked at the wide receiver position with WR Michael Crabtree and now WR Anquan Boldin, Manningham will have his work cut out for him, as the third option once again. That is easier said than done, as other notable wide receivers include WR Kyle Williams and last year’s first-round draft pick WR A.J. Jenkins.