Mario Manningham was set to make $3.6 million during the 2013 season, but thanks to an unfortunate knee injury last season, the wide receiver has agreed to a pay cut that reduces his salary to $1.8 million next year and ensures that he’ll have a chance to bounce back with the team. CSNBayArea.com reports that Manningham about $1.25 million of his salary is guaranteed against another possibly injury.
Of his salary, $1.25 million is guaranteed for injury only. The new contract eliminates a possible $250,000 roster bonus, as well as a $100,000 workout bonus and incentives, the source said.
Manningham was starting to finally come into his own last year, especially once quarterback Colin Kaepernick took over and made him his No. 1 target in the passing game. But just as he was hitting his stride last year, Manningham suffered a torn his knee to shreds against the Seattle Seahawks near the end of the season and is currently coming off ACL and PCL reconstruction surgery.
The 49ers are not expecting him to be ready for the start of the 2013 season, but they remain optimistic that he’ll return at some point and bounce back to being close to the player he was prior to the knee injury. The addition of Anquan Boldin also complicates Manningham’s situation as a No. 1 target, but if he can get healthy, Keapernick may end up having one of the most talented wide receiver duos in the entire NFL.