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WR Mario Manningham takes pay cut to remain with 49ers

3/15/13 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

Since the San Francisco 49ers acquired Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin in exchange for a third-round draft pick, Mario Manningham’s future with the team had become increasingly uncertain.
 
Additionally, with Mario Manningham recovering reconstructive knee surgery following his first season with the team, the San Francisco 49ers held most of the cards in the negotiations. Mario Manningham signed a a two-year, $7.4 million deal with the San Francisco 49ers as a free agent in 2012. But Mario Manningham agreed to take a $1.8 million pay cut to remain with the San Francisco 49ers.
 
Mario Manningham was scheduled to make $3.6 million in 2013. But he was willing to forgo a a possible $250,000 roster bonus, as well as a $100,000 workout bonus and incentives to make things work with the San Francisco 49ers.
 
The 26-year-old Mario Manningham was the team’s second leading receiver, posting 42 catches for 449 yards and one touchdowns while appearing in 12 games (with 10) starts until he went down on Dec. 23 with knee injuries against the Seattle Seahawks. The San François 49ersdon’t expect Mario Manningham to participate in training camp, while still recovering from torn anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his left knee.
 
Moreover, Mario Manningham is not likely to start for the San Francisco 49ers last season following the addition of Anquan Boldin expected to play opposite fifth-year wide receiver Michael Crabtree, who led the team last season with 85 catches for 1,105 yards and nine touchdowns.
 
With Anquan Boldin, Michael Crabtree and tight end Vernon Davis likely to be hot targets next season (and owing to the San Francisco 49ers’ inclination towards their running game), Mario Manningham will have a minor role early in the season. While retaining Mario Manningham gives the San Francisco 49ers another playmaker, instead the San Francisco 49ers could also increase the playing time of their 2012 first-round draft A.J. Jenkins as the No.3 receiver to better assess his talents.
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