2012 NFL Free Agency: Mario Manningham 'expected' to sign with Tampa Bay Buccaneers

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 05: Mario Manningham #82 of the New York Giants makes a catch on the sidelines against Patrick Chung #25 and Sterling Moore #29 of the New England Patriots for a gain of 39 yards in the fourth quarter during Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

According to CBS Sports' Clark Judge, New York Giants wide receiver Mario Manningham is expected to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in free agency. The Bucs have signed former Giants' quarterbacks and receivers coach Mike Sullivan as their offensive coordinator.

According to Judge, Manningham would move to the Bucs for a number of reasons, including his knowledge of the offense as well as his desire to move to a warm-weather club. The Giants are likely to move on as Manningham's price is too high for a third receiver for them, and they think he is limited to playing only a few spots in the formation.

For the Bucs, the addition of Manningham would make perfect sense. The Bucs' receiving corps is extremely young and underwhelmed last season. Most importantly, the group as a whole lacks speed and doesn't present matchup problems. M

Manningham has caught 160 passes for 2,315 yards and 18 touchdowns in his career, averaging 14.5 yards per catch. The fourth year receiver is still relatively raw and inconsistent, but does have a lot of talent. He's unlikely to hold up as a true number one receiver, but would add some much-needed speed and explosion to the Bucs' receiving corps.

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