Giants trade for Raiders tight end Darren Waller
The New York Giants are trading for star Las Vegas Raiders tight end Darren Waller.
The move was reported on Tuesday, with the Giants sending a third-round pick to Vegas in the deal.
That 100th overall pick was originally sent to the Giants by the Kansas City Chiefs when they traded for Kadarius Toney last year.
Waller, a Pro Bowler in 2020, had been on the Raiders since he was signed off the Baltimore Ravens' practice squad in 2018.
The tight end established himself as a starter in 2019, the first of two consecutive 1,100-yard seasons.
He had the most catches among all tight ends in 2020 (107), ranked second for receiving yards (1,196) and third for receiving touchdowns (nine).
But Waller was limited to 17 starts over the next two seasons, restricted by knee, back and hamstring injuries.
With two years remaining on the contract that made him the best-paid tight end in the league last year, Waller will take his talents to New York.
He gives Daniel Jones – the quarterback who just signed a four-year, $160million extension – an established receiving target.
Darius Slayton had the most receiving yards among the Giants' pass catchers last year, but the wide receiver could move on in free agency.