Darren Waller Trade Revisited: Who Were the Real Winners and Losers from New York Giants-Las Vegas Raiders Trade?

    Now that the season is right around the corner, let's take a look at the Darren Waller trade between the New York Giants and Las Vegas Raiders.

    Before officially deciding to retire, Daren Waller was one of the league’s best tight ends when healthy, and the New York Giants knew it. Brian Daboll and the Giants realized, despite their Divisional Round appearance in the 2022 playoffs, that they needed more talent around them if they were going to take the next step.

    A group comprised of Isaiah Hodgins, Sterling Shepard, and Wan’Dale Robinson plus Daniel Bellinger at starting tight end is OK, but it was never going to scare too many defenses.

    A tight end is a quarterback’s best friend. If you can go out and get one of the NFL’s best TEs, you should do that, and that’s what the Giants did. However, it didn’t go quite as planned.

    Darren Waller Trade Details

    Waller was traded on March 14, 2022.

    The Giants received:

    • TE Darren Waller

    The Las Vegas Raiders received:

    • The Giants’ 2023 third-round compensatory pick, No. 100 overall

    The Las Vegas Raiders traded Waller in exchange for a third-round pick. The pick was No. 100 overall in the 2023 NFL Draft and originally belonged to the Kansas City Chiefs as the compensatory pick that they collected by the Chicago Bears hiring Ryan Poles to be their general manager.

    The Giants acquired the selection by sending former first-round pick wide receiver Kadarius Toney to the Chiefs during the 2022 season and parlayed all of this, in essence, to acquiring a starting tight end in Waller.

    Players Involved in the Darren Waller Trade

    There were no additional players traded in the Waller deal.

    The Waller swap was a clean-cut player-for-pick swap that both teams stood to benefit from.

    Who Won the Darren Waller Trade?

    It is hard to look at this trade and not feel like the Raiders were the big winner.

    Initially, it looked like a great deal for the Giants as they were able to turn a third-round pick that wasn’t even their’s to begin with into a dynamic pass-catching tight end who was feared across the NFL as one of the league’s best when healthy.

    A third-round selection is nothing to scoff at either, though, and while the Giants thought they got the ready-made player to help now, add in the fact that Waller has officially retired from the NFL after just one season following the trade, and the Raiders can feel good about collecting a top-100 draft pick to help build their team for the future while dodging this situation entirely.

    KEEP READING: Darren Waller Announces His Retirement From NFL

    With the Giants focused on loading up and making another run at a playoff appearance, they hoped that the Waller trade would give Daniel Jones another weapon and help Daboll strengthen his offensive unit. They hoped Waller would be the piece that put them over the top but not only did that not happen, he is now officially retired from the NFL, setting up a tough situation for New York.

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