Redskins interested in Mario Manningham?

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.


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  12. WeNeedLinemen says:

    I don’t particularly want Manningham. He doesn’t sound like the sharpest of tools when you hear him being interviewed and I have a suspicion that he might react to a big free agent deal in the same way Brandon Lloyd did.

    That said, Santana Moss has started to decline. Last year is got really noticeable. The deep speed had disappeared a few years ago but now the acceleration is going as well. He wasn’t getting a lot of separation last year. Moreover, the loss of that extra step has revealed shaky hands.

    He’s been a really good player for us, perhaps our best for several years but if he hasn’t hit the wall already, he will very soon.

    I’d prefer Colston, Meacham or Jackson but if they go elsewhere Manningham might become a necessary gamble.

  13. Free Plax says:

    When you win the Super bowl, a lot of wanna be teams overvalue your free agents. Anybody remember the contract Gibril Wilson got after SB 42. I was actually hoping we could slide Mario under the radar, but as soon as I saw that catch I knew he was going to get stupid offer from some team.

    1. brisulph says:

      I know Mitchell got a big deal… I think Torbor got a better deal elsewhere as well… a useful guy, but hardly a stud.

      1. Free Plax says:

        Ha, I forgot about Torbor, he should have got the veteran’s minimum, instead he got paid like a real NFL LB after SB 42…. To bad for Mario Al Davis died.

        1. Tracer Bullet says:

          Larry Brown and Dexter Smith have no idea what you’re talking about.

          1. Free Plax says:

            Tell em to ask Kevin Boss about that

  14. brisulph says:

    I have to agree… I like Manningham, he has (in short bursts) had big games, but I don’t think he does as well as he has without having a guy like Nicks ahead of him to draw attention. This smacks of the Cowboys #2 WR in the 90s that signed with Tampa (I think)… Harper? Anyway, whoever it was, it was a rather colossal failure, as he no longer had Irvin to draw coverage away from him.

    1. Yup, Alvin Harper. Plenty of other examples, too, both that’s the most famous one.

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