The New York Giants pulled off a huge coup on Tuesday in landing Pro Bowl tight end Darren Waller.
The Giants orchestrated a trade with the Las Vegas Raiders for the star tight end. New York sent a third-round pick, pick No. 100 overall in the 2023 draft, back to Vegas.
The trade was reported by ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter, among others.
Trade compensation: Giants are sending a third-round pick (No. 100) to Las Vegas for TE Darren Waller, per sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 14, 2023
New York beefs up their offense by acquiring Waller. Daniel Jones and the Giant offense found form at times but weren’t all the way there. They needed more impact players to keep up with the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles. Now, Joe Schoen and the team can say they’ve made headway on that.
The NFL world buzzed about the blockbuster trade.
Complex Sports posted a meme of how Raiders fans might be feeling.
Raiders fans after seeing the team sign Jimmy G and trade Darren Waller pic.twitter.com/4cllOTKU7U
— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) March 14, 2023
Bobby Skinner of Talkin’ Giants claimed the dead had “literally no downside.”
Darren Waller has no dead cap over the last 3 years of his deal.
There is literally no downside to this deal.
— Bobby Skinner (@BobbySkinner_) March 14, 2023
Giants reporter Jordan Ranaan fawned over the move, calling it “the kind of creative move that Joe Schoen needed to find in order to upgrade the weapons for Daniel Jones.”
This is the kind of creative move that Joe Schoen needed to find in order to upgrade the weapons for Daniel Jones. The can be a great move IF they can keep Darren Waller on the field. Has played just 20 of 33 games past two seasons. He's 30 years old.
— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) March 14, 2023
Talkin’ Giants was very happy about the move made on Tuesday.
Darren Waller is on the Giants party pic.twitter.com/4J5bWIi2LC
— Talkin’ Giants (@TalkinGiants) March 14, 2023
In 74 career games in the NFL, Waller has recorded 3,572 yards on 298 receptions and scored 19 touchdowns. He was named to the Pro Bowl in 2020 after a 107-reception, 1,196-yard season with nine touchdowns.