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New York Giants News and Notes: Bye Bye Mario Edition

Good morning fellow Giants fans and as Sean reported early this morning, the big news is that Mario Manningham as agreed to terms with the San Francisco 49ers. Sean also starts his piece by saying that the "Manning-to-Manningham connection is officially over," but that may only be true as far as the Giants go. If the Niners sign Eli's brother Peyton (they are one of three teams still in the running), a new M&M combo may surface. That's a scary prospect, as it would make one of the best teams in the NFC potential Super Bowl favorites. And you just know Peyton is salivating at the thought of having a real defense for once in his career. Meanwhile, let's see what else is going on....

Manningham lands in San Francisco | ProFootballTalk
Receiver Mario Manningham spent the first four seasons of his career catching passes from Eli Manning. Manningham could spend the next two catching them from Eli’s big brother. A league source tells PFT that Manningham has agreed to terms with the 49ers on a two-year deal.

Manningham was a Giants luxury - NFC East Blog - ESPN
In the Giants' case, they knew they'd lose Manningham because they knew the free-agent market for wide receivers would deliver him offers that were higher than what they wanted to pay for their No. 3 wide receiver. They have superstar-caliber players at the position in Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz -- players who will be needing their own new contracts before long -- and with salary-cap concerns and other needs to fill, they've long been prepared to bid farewell to Manningham.

G-Men Show of Champions
G-Men Show of Champions Sunday March 18th, 2012 The Holiday Inn Secaucus 300 Plaza Dr. Secaucus, NJ Doors open at 10:00 AM

Our own Sean Kerr is involved with this star-studded event, with names that include Brandon Jacobs, Mario Manningham, David Tyree, Chris Snee, Corey Webster, and Antrel Rolle.

New York Giants Possibly Looking into Running Back BenJarvus Green-Ellis? | Giants 101 | Sports Media 101
Green-Elliis visited with the Cincinnati Bengals yesterday and has a "mystery" suitor whom he is set up to visit with today. Rapport tells Giants 101 that it "wouldn't surprise him" if that team was the New York Giants.

Note that we usually don't post material from other Giants blogs, and there is nothing in print from Ian Rapport confirming this. I just thought it was interesting as a possibility if it is true, and one worth debating. I know that the thought of a running back who has zero fumbles for his career has to intrigue Tom Coughlin.

Alex Smith visiting the Dolphins today | ProFootballTalk
Alex Smith is tired of waiting around for the 49ers to learn whether they’ve won the Peyton Manning sweepstakes. So Smith is looking elsewhere. Smith will visit the Dolphins today, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.

Or maybe he's tired of his coach slapping him on the head before every game. I don't know though, this strikes me as a bad omen.

Patriots sign WR Anthony Gonzalez - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
The New England Patriots signed former Colts wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez on Saturday. Later reported, citing unidentified league sources, the Patriots also reached an agreement with free agent wide receiver Brandon Lloyd.