When Darren Waller was transferred to the New York Giants at the start of free agency, many wondered, “Why now?”
On March 14, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s Tom Silverstein tweeted Packers offered Their second-round pick versus the 30-year-old tight end during the regular season last year.
But then Las Vegas traded Waller in exchange for a third-round pick, and I took less than that for a one-time Pro Bowler.
Michael Lombardi, a league insider and former NFL Network analyst, was involved in the deal.
“This is about durability“,” Lombardi, a former Patriots receivers coach, said on his podcast Dodge GM related to tr.
“This is about ‘I’m getting ready to pay you $11 million, we renewed your contract and in the bye week, instead of rehab, you went home for four days and the fines piled up. On the farewell week, you went home and didn’t talk to anyone. I just got home and left a message saying “Hi, ok. I’m not interested. I’m going to Southern California…”
Lombardi himself has two sons employed by the Raiders, which gives more credence to this report.
But that’s just one aspect of what could be a biased story.
Regardless, the Giants are looking to wrap their arms around Waller and make him a key part of this rebuilding offense that has already added Paris Campbell and quit Darius Slayton.
Waller has $11 million on his contract this year, and his contract next year is not guaranteed, making the 2023 season a proven deal for the injury-plagued tight end.
He’s only played 18 of a possible 33 games in the past two seasons.
But Waller still has an enormous amount of upside.
During his Pro Bowl year in 2020, Waller recorded 107 receptions, a league-leading record among tight ends, for 1,196 yards.
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