Mario Manningham made a great decision in leaving the San Francisco 49ers to the New York Giants. Of course, it is not like he was getting a ton of free-agent interest, and it is not like he had a great season this past year, so any contract was probably good news. For Manningham, however, this could be better than good news. He will be reunited with a quarterback that he had fairly good success with in Eli Manning, he will return to a system he knows and is comfortable in, and he will step into a locker room hoping to recover from a dismal showing this past season and have a chance to quickly earn significant playing time. So, as with other former 49ers who move on for their own good, I wish him luck.
Of course, this is easier to say since the 49ers most certainly had no interest in retaining Manningham. With Anquan Boldin, Michael Crabtree, Quinton Patton, and hopefully a rookie or two–not to mention a tight cap situation–the 49ers had no use for a receiver that spent most of last season on the trainer’s table. The 49ers do need some receiver help, but they need it to be better and/or younger. This is one free-agent that, for his own good and that of the 49ers, I am happy to see go.