Way back in 2004, the San Diego Chargers drafted Eli Manning with the No. 1 overall selection knowing full well that Manning had publicly declared he wouldn’t play for the Chargers.
So, the Chargers traded his rights to New York Giants in exchange for the fourth overall pick, which turned into Philip Rivers.
Rivers was the clear quarterback of the future, but the Chargers also had a Drew Brees on the team and he was beginning to develop into a franchise-esque quarterback with Pro Bowl seasons in Rivers’ first two seasons on the bench.
You all know the story from there. The Chargers chose Rivers and sent Brees packing.
So, that’s two quarterbacks that the Chargers had in their grasps that they let slide away. How did those two quarterbacks do?
Eli Manning: 2008 Super Bowl MVP
Drew Brees: 2010 Super Bowl MVP