“I Like That” The Eli Manning Trade Edition

Calm, cool, collected, Eli. If you’re a twenty something Giants fan, Elijah Manning dominates your lifespan under center for Big Blue. On the eve of the 2016 NFL Draft, let’s take a look back at that fateful night back in 2004 when Ernie Accorsi bet the house on the goofy QB with a laser rocket arm from Ole Miss.

For a pre-teen, I remember that draft night being a whirling dervish of excitement. In a mtter of minutes, The G-Men went from drafting Philip “Bolo Tie” Rivers, to pulling off the most monumental trade in Giants history. But just how monumental was it?

The Particulars

The New York Giants received:

  • Eli Manning, QB

The San Diego Chargers received:

In retrospect, it appears that Accorsi would eventually end up dealing two perennial all-stars (River, Shawne Merriman) for one. But is that really how we should be analyzing this trade? Considering the picks themselves were only dealt at the time, it’s probably most beneficial to analyze the trade from a value standpoint. Especially considering the Giants would not have selected those players themselves (a linebacker in the 1st round..? FAT Chance).

So, essentially Accorsi dealt Rivers, a 3rd rounder in the same year, a 2005 1st round pick and a 2005 5th round pick. At the time that seemed like a king’s ransom, which was palatable only because the presumptive best player overall was coming back… But that was then, and this is now! And by “now” I mean we’ve seen some pretty fucking wonky trades from teams moving up into the top 5 of the draft.

Redskins trade up for RGIII

Redskins receive: 2012 first-rounder (No. 2: QB Robert Griffin III)
Rams receive: 2012 first-rounder (No. 6: Traded to Cowboys), 2012 second-round selection (No. 39: CB Janoris Jenkins), 2013 first-rounder (No. 22: Traded to Falcons), 2014 first-rounder (No. 2: OT Greg Robinson)

WOOF. Obviously this was one of the worst trades in NFL history. Three 1st round picks for a guy who now plays in Cleveland = Not ideal… Maybe the Giants’ cross conference rivals made off better when they dealt for Mark Sanchez..?

In exchange for the fifth pick, the Jets gave up the 17th pick, their second-round selection and three players: defensive end Kenyon Coleman, safety Abram Elam and quarterback Brett Ratliff.

Yikes. You could argue the Jets gave up more value for the 5th pick than the Giants did for the 1st. Mike Tannenbaum will take that one to his grave.

Maybe the Browns really didn’t end up giving up that much to take Trent Richardson in 2012?

Richardson seemed destined in most mock drafts to be going to the Browns at No. 4, but about an hour before the draft, Cleveland general manager Tom Heckert pulled off his trade with Minnesota. Heckert sent the Vikings picks in the fourth (No. 118), fifth (139) and seventh (211) rounds to move up and select Richardson

Moving up one spot with a team that already had Adrian Peterson in exchange for a 1st, a 4th, a 5th and a 7th. LOL good one.

But what about the present? Maybe teams have learned from the past and have been more prudent with their impulses to trade up…

The Tennessee Titans have traded the No. 1 pick in the draft to the Los Angeles Rams in a blockbuster trade.

Tennessee sent the top selection along with its fourth- (No. 113) and sixth-round (No. 177) picks this year to the Rams in exchange for Los Angeles’ first-round pick (No. 15), two second-round selections (Nos. 43 and 45) and a third-round pick (No. 76) in 2016. The Titans also will get the Rams’ first- and third-round picks in 2017.

The Eagles acquired the No. 2 overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft in a trade with the Cleveland Browns on Wednesday, the Eagles announced. The Browns will receive Philadelphia’s No. 8 overall pick, a third- and fourth-round selection in this draft, next year’s first-round pick and a second-round pick in 2018. The Eagles also got a conditional fifth-round pick (a compensatory fourth-rounder, if available) from the Browns next season.




So, comparatively speaking, you might reason that Accorsi pulled off a heist for Eli back in 2004. Not the greatest heist ever, but when compared to the bozos who followed him, it should be looked back on as a very respectable heist capped with 2 Bowl Victories and 2 Super Bowl MVPs.




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