NFL Free Agents: Mario Manningham Gets $7.38 Million from San Francisco 49ers

Zach KruseSenior Analyst IMarch 23, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 02:  Wide receiver Mario Manningham #82 of the New York Giants during the NFL game agaisnt the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Giants defeated the Cardinals 31-27.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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So much for the San Francisco 49ers breaking the bank to sign a Super Bowl hero. 

According to Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area, the 49ers landed free-agent receiver Mario Manningham for just a two-year, $7.375 million deal—a contract significantly smaller than what the Washington Redskins paid former 49ers receiver Josh Morgan.

49ers got WR Mario Manningham on a two-year deal for quite a bit less than what Redskins paid Josh Morgan. bit.ly/GSrI92

— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoCSN) March 23, 2012

Morgan, a 26-year-old receiver who played in just five games last season, signed a two-year, $11.5 million deal, including $5.5 million in guarantees, with the Redskins to open free agency.

Manningham's deal only includes a $2 million signing bonus and $2.45 million in guaranteed money. His salary cap number will be under $3 million for the 2012 season. 

Without stating the painfully obvious, San Francisco scored Manningham on a huge bargain. 

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 05:  Mario Manningham #82 of the New York Giants makes a catch on the sidelines against Patrick Chung #25 (L) and Sterling Moore #29 (obscured) of the New England Patriots for a gain of 39 yards in the fourth quarter during Sup
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In four seasons with the New York Giants, Manningham caught 160 passes for 2,315 yards and 18 touchdowns. His best season came in 2010, when he tallied 60 catches for 944 yards and nine scores. 

But Manningham saved his best performance for last, as his over the shoulder catch in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl helped lead the Giants past the New England Patriots. In the game, Manning caught five passes for 73 yards, including the late 38 yarder.

In San Francisco, Manningham will battle fellow free-agent signee Randy Moss for the opportunity to start with Michael Crabtree. If Moss is close to being back to his 2009 form, Manningham will likely play outside with Moss while Crabtree works the slot, Z-receiver role.