Tight end Darren Waller
The New York Giants are pulling off a major transaction to get Daniel Jones a powerful weapon.According to a person with knowledge of the issue, NFL Network Insider Tom Pelissero said Tuesday that Big Blue is nearing completion of a deal to acquire tight end Darren Waller from the Las Vegas Raiders.
According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, the Giants are trading their original Kadarius Toney acquisition from the Kansas City Chiefs to Las Vegas for the 100th overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.The Giants’ bold move to give their underwhelming offence a much-needed weapon is a game-changer. Waller, an athletic tight end who can cover a lot of ground, presents a matchup problem with linebackers and safeties.
With the Raiders, the 30-year-old rekindled his career, producing consecutive 1,100-yard seasons in 2019 and 2020. His previous two seasons in Vegas, though, have been wrecked by injuries. In the nine games that Waller participated in in 2022, he caught 28 passes for a total of 388 yards and three touchdowns.
Darren Waller threat over
Waller can be a threat over the middle when he’s healthy, pushing defences to adjust to his skill set. Even if the TE’s blocking is average, this will assist Saquon Barkley get more opportunities to run. Because Waller can line up both wide and tight, head coach Brian Daboll has more creative choices, especially in two-TE sets alongside Daniel Bellinger, who the team saw good results from during his rookie season.
Darren Waller give Jones a reliable option
Although Big Blue still needs a wide receiver, Waller gives Jones a reliable option if he can remain on the field.Since the new management team came over last season, the Raiders have engaged in trade discussions regarding Waller. In September 2022, the team signed him to a three-year, $51 million contract extension.Trading With Foster Moreau also a free agent at the moment, Waller leaves the Raiders with a void at tight end. Vegas might turn to a strong TE draught class to fill the need.