According to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio on 106.7 The Fan, the Redskins are poised to make a strong play for Mario Manningham.
I kinda hate this idea for the Skins. The Skins already have no shortage of “GOOD” receivers, but they don’t have that one stud. Most teams have a stud WR. Some teams have two. The Skins have a bunch of good role players at WR and even a few starting quality types, but nothing that is going to make opposing defensive coordinators lose sleep. In my opinion, if they’re going to address the position, they need that guy that can be the centerpiece, with the existing mix of polished vets (Santana Moss, Jabar Gaffney) and youth with upside (Leonard Hankerson, Niles Paul) as surrounding pieces.
Manningham would probably be the best WR on the Skins’ roster, but is he really that big an upgrade over Santana Moss and Jabar Gaffney? I have my doubts, and one amazing catch in the Super Bowl isn’t enough to convince me that Manningham is a player opposing defenses are really going to fear, so why pay him like that kind of guy? That’s assuming, of course, that Manningham is going to attract a significant chunk of cash. Thats not to say I don’t like Manningham as a player. I do. But I like him as a role player, not my go-to guy.
If you’re going to make a big play for a WR, why not shoot for the moon for a guy like Vincent Jackson, or on a slightly lesser level, a guy like Marques Colston? I just don’t see where Manningham is really that big an improvement over what’s already in place.