Mario Manningham was one of the great success stories of 2011, helping the New York Giants win Super Bowl XLVI with a spectacular catch in the fourth quarter on a pass from Eli Manning. But football is a business, and the Giants are leaving sentiment out of it -- the Giants have let Manningham walk, and the receiver has signed with the San Francisco 49ers, according to the AP.
"That's the business part about this system, about football," Manningham said. "I would have wanted to come back to the team that I started with. I won a Super Bowl with those guys. This is my new team now."
Two months after beating the Niners in the NFC Championship Game, Manningham is now joining them. He joins Michael Crabtree and fellow newcomer Randy Moss as the weapons in Alex Smith's arsenal for next season.
While Manningham was originally anticipating playing with Peyton Manning in San Francisco next season, that wasn't meant to be. Peyton is now with the Denver Broncos, and Manningham can accept that.
"I wanted to go there and I knew that Peyton Manning was going to go somewhere. I thought he was coming to the 49ers but he didn't," Manningham said. "He went to Denver. Good luck to him with that. I wish the best for him. We got Alex Smith and I know he's a great player."