01/09/2007 12:13 AM ET
Pioli says "no thanks" to Giants' offer
Will stay with Pats as New York continues search for GM
Scott Pioli rides with Bill Belichick as the Patriots celebrated winning the Super Bowl in 2005. (AP)

FOXBORO, MASSACHUSETTS (TICKER) -- Ernie Accorsi is stepping down as general manager of the New York Giants on January 15. Scott Pioli will not be his successor.

Pioli, the vice president of player personnel of the New England Patriots for the last seven years, confirmed on Monday he had been contacted by the Giants to discuss a front office position with the team.

"I am very honored to be granted the opportunity to discuss a potential position with the New York Giants," Pioli said in a statement. "After careful consideration, and for personal reasons, I am continuing in my current role with the New England Patriots."

Two years ago, Pioli was offered the general manager position with the Seattle Seahawks, but turned that down to remain with the Patriots.

Pioli, 41 joined the organization in 2000 along with coach Bill Belichick and played an integral part in building the Patriots into the league's most successful franchise of the decade. New England is one of two teams in NFL history to win three Super Bowl titles in a four-year span.

Pioli has won two George Young Awards, honoring the NFL's Executive of the Year.

Accorsi has served as general manager of the Giants for the last nine years. New York reached the Super Bowl in 2000 and made the playoffs four times in Accorsi's tenure.

This past season, the Giants claimed the last NFC wild-card spot with an 8-8 record and lost at Philadelphia, 23-20, on Sunday.

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