Giants trading for Darren Waller

After re-signing Daniel Jones, the New York Giants hire a huge and great target for the quarterback

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While the Las Vegas Raiders signed Jakobi Meyers to be one of Jimmy Garoppolo’s main targets, they just lost themselves another target. The New York Giants are trading for TE Darren Waller to be Daniel Jones’ main receiver. In the trade, the Raiders will receive a third-round draft pick as compensation.

The draft pick the Giants is sending to the Raiders was previously from Raiders’ division rivals, the Kansas City Chiefs. It ended up with New York after the trade involving WR Kadarius Toney, who left the Giants and went to the Chiefs. The move paid out as Toney finished the season winning the Super Bowl LVII.

Tight end position was a major downside of Giants’ depth chart. Daniel Bellinger was the starter throughout last season and finished the year with just 30 catches, 268 yards and two touchdowns. For comparison, Waller, even playing only nine games due to injuries, had 28 receptions, 388 yards and three touchdowns.

With the trade, the Giants will honour current Waller’s contract, which is valid through 2026 and worth $51 million. Those numbers are because the 30-year-old tight end worked out a contract extension last season with Las Vegas.

Darren Waller

The player was not a top prospect in his draft class. He was picked by the Baltimore Ravens only in the sixth round of the 2015 draft, with the no. 204 overall pick. He played only six games in his rookie season. His second year, still in Baltimore, had another 12 games, but after that, he moved to the Raiders (Oakland, by that time).

His time with the Raiders was from 2018 to 2022 and there he became one of the best tight ends in the league. At least one of the most reliable ones. During his seven years in the NFL, he played 74 games. He recorded 298 catches, 3,572 yards and 19 touchdowns during this time.