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Domenik Hixon likely to return to Giants

St. Louis Rams v New York Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 19: Domenik Hixon #87 of the New York Giants catches a 22-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter against Craig Dahl #43 of the St. Louis Rams at MetLife Stadium on September 19, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

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With Mario Manningham expected to leave the Giants in free agency, there will be opportunities for other receivers with the team next season.

Domenik Hixon is hoping to take advantage of some of those opportunities. Hixon’s agent told Mike Garofalo of the Newark Star-Ledger that he is “hoping to finalize” a deal keeping Hixon with the team in 2012. Hixon has played just two games in the last two years thanks to a pair of right ACL tears and this year’s injury, which occurred on a touchdown catch against the Rams in Week Two, opened the door to more playing time for Victor Cruz. Those injuries should keep his price tag low, a good thing for the cap-stressed Giants, and Hixon could potentially help on kick returns as well.

As for Manningham, he tried to walk back his comments about being “75 percent” out the door in New York. He appeared on WFAN Tuesday morning and claimed that he never gave the Youngstown Vindicator those odds of leaving the team by saying he thought it was “50-50" that he’d be back. Garofalo reached out to the writer of the article, but surmises that it was a player speaking to the hometown paper without thinking anyone in New York would see the comments. Manningham also said that it was more likely that Cruz gets more money than it is that he returns to the team.

We’d agree with that assessment and it still feels likely that the man with the biggest catch in the Super Bowl will be trying to unseat the Giants as champions come the start of the season.

UPDATE: Garofalo heard back from Tom Williams of the Vindicator who recorded the conversation and said Manningham said that there was a “75 percent chance he’d leave” before saying it “could go either way.”