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Ross, Manningham getting nibbles

While we await word from Martellus Bennet’s visit with the Giants and try to keep track of some other potential targets, a few former Giants are starting to get nibbles in free agency.

Aaron Ross, who started in two Super Bowls for the Giants and was a first-round pick – and played pretty well this season for the Giants after a career defined mostly by injuries – has two visits set up in the coming days. He’ll visit the Bengals on Thursday and, assuming he is not signed by them during that visit, will move on to a Friday visit with the Redskins. Last year the Redskins grabbed another Giants defensive starter from them in free agency, Barry Cofield. This could be two in a row for them. Apparently they’ll need someone in practices to cover all of those receivers they are adding.

Speaking of receivers, Mario Manningham was mostly left out of the first-day frenzy, but it seems as though he is now getting some attention. ESPN is reporting that the 49ers, Dolphins and Bills have been discussing a possible relationship with Manningham’s agent. The Bills tried to sign Robert Meachum, but that didn’t work out, and the Dolphins just traded Brandon Marshall to the Bears. The 49ers signed Randy Moss, but they also need someone they can count on because, if you saw the NFC Championship Game, you know that the 49ers need receivers.

I keep hearing about the Vikings having an interest in Manningham, too, but so far there’s nothing official to report.

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