The New York Giants can only hope the two quarterbacks deserve to be linked in the same sentence one day.
Accorsi, the Giants' general manager, acquired Manning yesterday after a calculated gamble and some nifty maneuvering in the first round of the NFL draft.
Unable to agree on terms of a trade with San Diego before the draft, Accorsi had to watch the Chargers take the Mississippi quarterback with the first pick. Knowing the Chargers really wanted Philip Rivers, Accorsi then drafted the North Carolina State quarterback himself with the Giants' fourth pick overall.
What transpired next is unclear; Accorsi refused to say who called whom. But in the ensuing hour, the Giants and Chargers finally agreed to make the quarterback trade.
For the Giants, the price was high: They gave up a third-round pick this year and first- and fifth-round choices in 2005.
Reminded that he said he wouldn't "give up the store" to get Manning, Accorsi voiced supreme confidence in the young quarterback.
"I don't consider that the store by any means for this player," he said.
Accorsi resisted surrendering this year's second-round pick, which the Chargers wanted. That was the sticking point in pre-draft negotiations.
Accorsi would not say if he drafted Rivers with the intention of luring the Chargers into the trade. But by taking Rivers, he was able to apply a bait-and-switch principle. Both teams had what the other wanted.
Because Manning had threatened to sit out the season rather than sign with the Chargers, San Diego also was at risk with its pick.
Asked if he took Rivers to entice San Diego, Accorsi was vague.
"Well, I don't want to discuss ... First of all, we loved Philip Rivers. We always felt that. I could say a lot about him, but for the whole global reason, that's our [business], we'll keep that to ourselves."
It was a day filled with gambles and calculations. Manning, for instance, graciously went to the stage at Madison Square Garden in New York, where the draft unfolds, to hold up the Chargers' jersey even though he had no intention of ever wearing it.
"Well, I didn't want to do anything out of the ordinary when I went on stage," he said. "I didn't want to leave the commissioner [Paul Tagliabue] out there holding the jersey and not taking it. I just wanted to go through the normal process and not cause any more controversy or do anything different."
It was obviously an awkward moment for Manning, son of former New Orleans Saints quarterback Archie and brother of Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton. It wasn't until later, between interviews, that he found out about the trade.
Manning insisted he was prepared to sit out the season and wait for next year's draft if the Chargers had kept him.
"Obviously, it would have been hard," he said. "We were hoping something would happen. I am glad I did not have to go through that situation and did not have to make that decision."
Manning isn't home free by any means, though. It seems obvious the Giants expect him to play as a rookie, but they still have veteran Kerry Collins, in the final year of his contract.
Accorsi wouldn't rule out the possibility that both quarterbacks would be on the Giants' roster this year.
New Giants coach Tom Coughlin sounded like he expected Manning to play early.
"I think he'll be ready very shortly," Coughlin said. "There's a learning curve, there's a process that everyone has to go through; you're going to pay the price."
Manning isn't awed by the prospect, either. Could he start right away?
"I think so. I am going to prepare myself to play right away and to work hard. I'm going to get the playbook as soon as possible and learn the offense and try to get my timing with all the receivers ... and earn some respect from the other players on the team," he said.
This was the franchise quarterback Accorsi wanted, just as he had wanted Elway in 1983 when he was a young general manager with the Baltimore Colts. Owner Bob Irsay traded Elway without Accorsi's knowledge, though, and Accorsi soon left the team.
Now Accorsi has his man, and history awaits.
"I don't want to compare him to other quarterbacks," Accorsi said. "What I saw in Manning was a classic prospect. [He has] size, arm, tremendous athletic ability, poise, class and probably more important than the obvious physical attributes that you have is the fact that he lifted his team. I always looked for that in a quarterback, where he made the athletes around him better."
Top 10 first-round picks
1. Chargers Eli Manning QB, Mississippi (traded to Giants)
2. Raiders Robert Gallery OT, Iowa
4. Giants Philip Rivers QB, N.C. State (traded to Chargers)
5. Redskins Sean Taylor S, Miami
Eli Manning yesterday joined the list of father-son and brother-brother first-round NFL draft picks:
Name Pos. Year Overall Team
Ed Budde T 1963 No. 8 Dal. (AFL) Brad Budde G 1980 No. 11 K.C.
Billy Cannon RB 1960 No. 1 L.A. Rams Billy Cannon Jr. LB 1984 No. 25 Dallas
Steve De Long G 1965 N/A S.D. Keith De Long LB 1989 No. 28 S.F.
Dub Jones B 1946 No. 2 Chi. Card. Bert Jones QB 1973 No. 2 Balt. Colts
Archie Manning QB 1971 No. 2 N. Orleans Peyton Manning QB 1998 No. 1 Ind.
Archie Manning QB 1971 No. 2 N. Orleans Eli Manning QB 2004 No. 1 S.D.*
Name Pos. Year Overall Team
Pete Brock C 1976 No. 12 N.E. Stan Brock T 1980 No. 12 N.Orleans
Ross Browner DT 1978 No. 8 Cin. Joey Browner DB 1983 No. 19 Minn.
Clay Matthews LB 1978 No. 12 Clev. Bruce Matthews T 1983 No. 9 Hou. Oil.
Stockar McDougle T 2000 No. 20 Det. Jerome McDougle DE 2003 No. 15 Phila.
Merlin Olsen DT 1962 No. 3 L.A. Rams Phil Olsen DT 1970 No. 4 N.E.
Don Rogers DB 1984 No. 18 Clev. Reggie Rogers DE 1987 No. 7 Det.
Jim Seymour WR 1969 No. 10 L.A. Rams Paul Seymour T 1973 No. 7 Buff.
Bubba Smith DT 1967 No. 1 Balt. Colts Tody Smith DE 1971 No. 25 Dallas
Gene Upshaw G-T 1967 No. 17 Oak. Marvin Upshaw DE 1968 No. 21 Clev.
Steve Van Buren RB 1944 No. 5 Phila. Ebert Van Buren RB 1951 No. 7 Phila.
Peyton Manning QB 1998 No. 1 Ind. Eli Manning QB 2004 No. 1 S.D.*
* -- Rights traded to New York Giants
Team-By-Team Selections(Through three rounds. Rounds 4 through 7 will be held today; overall selection number in parentheses)
1 (8) DeAngelo Hall, DB, Virginia Tech 1 (29) Michael Jenkins, WR, Ohio State 3 (90) Matt Schaub, QB, Virginia
1 (13) Lee Evans, WR, Wisconsin 1 (22) J.P. Losman, QB, Tulane 3 (74) Tim Anderson, DT, Ohio State
1 (14) Tommie Harris, DT, Oklahoma 2 (47) Terry Johnson, DT, Washington 3 (78) Bernard Berrain, WR, Fresno State
1 (26) Chris Perry, RB, Michigan 2 (49) Keiwan Ratliff, DB, Florida 2 (56) Madieu Williams, DB, Maryland 3 (80) Caleb Miller, LB, Arkansas 3 (96) Landon Johnson, LB, Purdue
1 (6) Kellen Winslow, TE, Miami 2 (59) Sean Jones, DB, Georgia
2 (43) Julius Jones, RB, Notre Dame 2 (52) Jacob Rogers, OT, Southern Cal 3 (83) Stephen Peterman, G, LSU
1 (17) D.J. Williams, LB, Miami 2 (41) Tatum Bell, RB, Oklahoma State 2 (54) Darius Watts, WR, Marshall 3 (85) Jeremy LeSueur, DB, Michigan
1 (7) Roy Williams, WR, Texas 1 (30) Kevin Jones, RB, Virginia Tech 2 (37) Teddy Lehman, LB, Oklahoma 3 (73) Keith Smith, DB, McNeese State
1 (25) Ahmad Carroll, DB, Arkansas 3 (70) Joey Thomas, DB, Montana State 3 (72) Donnell Washington, DT, Clemson 3 (87) B.J. Sander, P, Ohio State
1 (10) Dunta Robinson, BD, South Carolina 2 (27) Jason Babin, LB, Western Michigan
1 (9) Reggie Williams, WR, Washington 2 (39) Daryl Smith, LB, Georgia Tech 2 (55) Greg Jones, RB, Florida State 3 (86) Jorge Cordova, LB, Nevada
1 (19) Vernon Carey, OT, Miami
1 (20) Kenechi Udeze, DE, Southern Cal 2 (48) Dontarrious Thomas, LB, Auburn 3 (88) Darrion Scott, DE, Ohio State
1 (21) Vince Wilfork, DT, Miami 1 (32) Ben Watson, TE, Georgia 2 (63) Marquise Hill, DE, LSU 3 (95) Guss Scott, DB, Florida
1 (18) Will Smith, DE, Ohio State 2 (50) Devery Henderson, WR, LSU 2 (60) Courtney watson, LB, Notre Dame
1 (4) Philip Rivers, QB, N.C. State 2 (34) Chris Snee, G, Boston College
1 (12) Jonathan Vilma, LB, Miami 3 (76) Derrick Strait, DB, Oklahoma
1 (2) Robert Gallery, OT, Iowa 2 (45) Jake Grove, C, Virginia Tech 3 (67) Stuart Schweigert, DB, Purdue
1 (16) Shawn Andrews, OT, Arkansas 3 (89) Matt Ware, DB, UCLA
1 (11) Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Miami (Ohio) 2 (38) Ricardo Colclough, DB, Tusculum 3 (75) Max Starks, T, Florida
1 (24) Steven Jackson, RB, Oregon State 3 (91) Tony Hargrove, DE, Georgia Tech
1 (31) Rashaun Woods, WR, Okla. State 2 (46) Justin Smiley, G, Alabama 2 (58) Shawntae Spencer, DB, Pittsburgh 3 (77) Derrick Hamilton, WR, Clemson
1 (23) Marcus Tubbs, DT, Texas 2 (53) Michael Boulware, LB, Florida State 3 (84) Sean Locklear, G, N.C. State
1 (15) Michael Clayton, WR, LSU 3 (79) Marquis Cooper, LB, Washington
1 (5) Sean Taylor, S, Miami 3 (81) Chris Cooley, TE, Utah State
1. San Diego traded its first-round selection, QB Eli Manning to the New York Giants for the Giants' first-round selection, QB Philip Rivers, third-round (No. 65) pick, and 2005 first- and fifth-round picks. San Diego selected Nate Kaeding, pk, Iowa.
2. Detroit traded its first-round (No. 6) pick to Cleveland for the Browns' first- (No. 7) and second-round (No. 37) pick. Cleveland selected Kellen Winslow, te, Miami. Detroit selected Roy Williams, wr, Texas and Teddy Lehman, lb, Oklahoma.
3. San Francisco traded its first-round (No. 16) pick to Philadelphia for the Eagles' first-(No. 28) and second-round (No. 58) picks. Philadelphia selected Shawn Andrews, ot, Arkansas. San Francisco selected traded No. 28 to Carolina and Shawntae Spencer, db, Pittsburgh.
4. Minnesota traded its first-round (No. 19) pick to Miami for the Dolphins' first- (No. 20) and fourth-round (No. 119). Miami selected Vernon Carey, ot, Miami. Minnesota selected Kenechi Udeze, de, Southern California and (No. 119).
5. Dallas traded its first-round (No. 22) pick to Buffalo for the Bills' second- (No. 43), fifth-round (No. 144) and 2005 first-round pick. Buffalo selected J.P. Losman, qb, Tulane. Dallas selected Julius Jones, rb, Notre Dame and (No. 144).
6. Cincinnati traded its first-round (No. 24) pick to St. Louis for the Rams' first- (No. 26) and fourth-round (No. 123) picks. St. Louis selected Steve Jackson, rb, Oregon State. Cincinnati selected Chris Perry, rb, Michigan and (No. 123).
7. Tennessee traded its first- (No. 27) and fifth-round (No. 159) picks to Houston for the Texans' second- (No. 40), third- (No. 71), fourth- (No. 103) and fifth-round (No. 138) picks. Houston selected Jason Babin, lb, Western Michigan and (No. 159). Tennessee selected Ben Troupe, te, Florida; Randy Starks, dt, Maryland; (No. 103) and (No. 138).
8. San Francisco traded its first-round (No. 28) pick to Carolina for the Panthers' first- (No. 31) and fourth-round (No. 127) picks. Carolina selected Chris Gamble, db, Ohio State. San Francisco selected Rashaun Woods, wr, Oklahoma State and (No. 127).
9. Indianapolis traded its first- (No. 29) and third-round (No. 90) picks to Atlanta for the Falcons' second- (No. 38), third- (No. 69) and fourth-round (No. 125) picks. Atlanta selected Michael Jenkins, wr, Ohio State and Matt Schaub, qb, Virginia. Indianapolis traded (No. 38) to Pittsburgh and selected Gilbert Gardner, lb, Purdue and (No. 125).
10. Kansas City traded its first- (No. 30) to Detroit for the Lions' second- (No. 36), fourth-round (No. 105) and 2005 fifth-round picks. Detroit selected Kevin Jones, rb, Virginia Tech. Kansas City selected Junior Siavii, dt, Oregon and (No. 105).
11. Indianapolis traded its second-round (No. 38) pick to Pittsburgh for the Steelers' second- (No. 44) and fourth-round (No. 107) picks. Pittsburgh selected Ricardo Colclough, db, Tusculum. Indianapolis selected Bob Sanders, db, Iowa and (No. 107).
12. New Orleans traded its second-round (No. 48) pick to Minnesota for the Vikings' second- (No. 50) and fifth-round (No. 151) picks. Minnesota selected Dontarrious Thomas, lb, Auburn. New Orleans selected Devery Henderson, wr, LSU and (No. 151).
13. Green Bay traded its second-round (No. 55) pick to Jacksonville for the Jaguars' third- (No. 70) and fourth-round (No. 102) picks. Jacksonville selected Greg Jones, rb, Florida State. Green Bay selected Joey Thomas, db, Montana State and (No. 102).
14. Indianapolis traded its second- (No. 59) and fifth-round (No. 161) picks to Cleveland for the Browns' third- (No. 68), fifth- (No. 141) and sixth-round (No. 173) picks. Cleveland selected Sean Jones, db, Georgia and (No. 161). Indianapolis selected Ben Hartsock, te, Ohio State; (No. 141) and (No. 173).
15. Jacksonville traded its third-round (No. 72) to Green Bay for the Packers' third- (No. 86) and fourth-round (No. 118) picks. Green Bay selected Donnell Washington, dt, Clemson. Jacksonville selected Jorge Cordova, lb, Nevada and (No. 118).
16. New Orleans traded its third- (No. 81) and fifth-round (No. 151) to Washington for the Redskins' fifth-round (No. 139) pick and 2005 second-round pick. Washington selected Chris Cooley, te, Utah State and (No. 151). New Orleans selected (No. 139).
17. Minnesota traded its third-round (No. 82) to Ravens for the Ravens' third- (No. 88) and fifth-round (No. 155) picks. Ravens selected Devard Darling, wr, Washington State. Minnesota selected Darrion Scott, de, Ohio State and (No. 155).
18. Miami traded its third-round (No. 87) pick to Green Bay for the Packers' fourth- (No. 102) and fifth-round (No. 153) picks. Green Bay selected B.J. Sanders, p, Ohio State. Miami selected (No. 102) and (No. 153).