On Saturday, Jim Harbaugh told reporters at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis that wide receiver Mario Manningham will not be ready for the start of training camp.
Manningham suffered a torn ACL and PCL during Week 12 against the Seahawks when he was hit while attempting to catch a pass. He is expected to start the season on the PUP (Physically Unable to Perform) list.
However, here is a twist in the otherwise straight-forward story.
Rotowire is reporting that Manningham could be released before the start of the 2013 season, since there is no guaranteed money left in his contract.
In the two-year, $7.5 million contract that he signed with San Francisco last offseason, Manningham made $1.2 million in base salary in 2012 and is scheduled to make $3.6 million this year. There was also a $2 million signing bonus involved that was paid last season.
However, the main point here is that just $2.45 million of that total contract is guaranteed. So, if Rotowire’s report is accurate, then the 49ers have already paid off his guaranteed money and are free to dump Manningham at any time without owing him a cent.
The report goes on the state that “the 49ers can’t count on Mario making an impact during the upcoming season, and will work around him.”
As the No. 2 option at wide receiver for the 49ers in 2012, Manningham caught 42 passes for 449 yards in 12 games.