Accorsi, 71, will begin immediately. He is not in consideration for the general manager job.
"I have a very high regard for Mr. Richardson and look forward to providing any help that I can to him and the organization in their search for a new general manager," Accorsi said in a statement, via the Observer.
Accorsi comes with a pedigree. He's the head of the NFL's General Manager committee and has served as a consultant for several teams in the past. Accorsi helped guide the Atlanta Falcons to former New England Patriots scout guru Thomas Dimitroff in 2008. Since that time, the Falcons drafted Matt Ryan and have gone 51-21 in the regular season.
The Panthers need to get this decision right. Bringing a respected guy like Accorsi on board is a smart move toward that goal.