Manningham could return to Giants

Manningham could return to Giants
March 16, 2014, 5:15 pm
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In two seasons with the 49ers, Mario Manningham caught 51 passes for 534 yards and one touchdown. (AP)

Wide receiver Mario Manningham, a hero for the New York Giants en route to their triumph in Super Bowl XLVI, could be returning to the team for which he played his first four NFL seasons.

The 49ers free agent is scheduled to visit with the Giants on Monday, reports ESPN. Manningham is represented by agent Drew Rosenhaus.

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Manningham signed a two-year contract with the 49ers as a free agent after he played a key role in the Giants' Super Bowl season. Manningham had a touchdown catch against the 49ers in the NFC Championship game and also had a key play in New York's Super Bowl win over New England.

Manningham was the 49ers' second-leading wide receiver with 42 catches for 449 yards and a touchdown in 12 games. He sustained torn ligaments in his left knee late in the season and was never able to get healthy.

After spending the first part of last season on the physically-unable-to-perform list, Manningham was placed on injured reserve. In six games, he caught just nine passes for 85 yards. A source told CSNBayArea.com that Manningham is expected to be ready for the entire offseason program. He is expected to take a physical with the Giants upon his arrival.