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Monday, February 6, 2012
Match for Bears and Mario Manningham?

By Kevin Seifert

You're thinking it. I'm thinking it. And so was ESPNChicago.com's Jeff Dickerson. Namely: How nice would Mario Manningham look in a Chicago Bears uniform in 2012?

Manningham, of course, made one of the best catches in Super Bowl history Sunday night, a 38-yard grab down the left sideline that got the New York Giants moving toward their game-winning touchdown. It was a bright ending to a disappointing fourth season in New York for Manningham, who just so happens to be a pending free agent.

Overshadowed by teammates Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks, Manningham managed 39 receptions in 12 games for the Giants in 2011. But we all saw what he is capable of Sunday night, and I don't think you would find many objections to Dickerson's assertion that Manningham would improve the Bears' receiving corps.

Here's how Dickerson put it: "While it's unlikely he would solve all the Bears' issues at receiver, Manningham would certainly upgrade a group that failed to have a single member crack 40 catches or 750 yards last year."

I'm guessing we'll circle back on this discussion once or twice before March 13, when the free agent market opens.