Every time I am out away from my computer, it seems like something crazy goes down. Add Mario Manningham reportedly signing a two year deal with the 49ers to the list. The 49ers have not officially confirmed, but if the reports all across twitter are accurate, the 49ers have made a potentially solid improvement to their wide receiver corps.
All reports indicate the deal is happening. Assuming it all plays out as expected, the 49ers starting three wide receiver corps is now looking like Michael Crabtree, Mario Manningham and Randy Moss in some order. Kyle Williams will compete for playing time as the third receiver and Dontavia Bogan is the most likely fifth option. That does not mean the 49ers are finished at the wide receiver position, but it certainly adds considerable depth.
Manningham is an up and down talent. He has shown an ability to make some big plays, including a strong performance against the 49ers during the regular season. However, he also has shown inconsistencies at times. Of course, playing behind Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks can potentially prevent a player from getting into a sufficient groove. Coming to San Francisco, he will get a chance to compete for some significant playing time, which could benefit him, and the 49ers in 2012.
And depending on how the two year deal pans out, this could constitute a solid upgrade over Joshua Morgan. I would say it will be a very interesting comparison seeing how the two of them perform in 2012. We won't track it week by week, but it's worth following this season.