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The New York Giants have just essentially traded Kadarius Toney for Darren Waller.
The Giants are sending the third-round pick they acquired in sending Toney to the Kansas City Chiefs (No. 100 overall) to the Raiders for Waller.
And this seems a crazy good trade for the Giants.
Waller, 30, is easily one of the top pass-catching tight ends in the NFL and will add speed to the Giants offense and a potential security blanket for quarterback Daniel Jones, in whom the Giants just invested a $40 million per year long term deal.
I like trade for the Giants. Tight ends are a major matchup problem. They catch touchdown passes in the red zone. And Waller is very good at all that.
Darren Waller Headed To Giants
New coach Josh McDaniels and general manager Dave Ziegler gave Waller a contract extension last season. They gave him a three-year, $51 million deal.
And Monday the Raiders agreed to contract terms with new quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who has benefitted greatly from the presence of George Kittle during his time in San Francisco.
So what the heck are the Raiders doing?
Well, they’re not getting better right now, that’s for sure.
Yes, the coming draft is stocked with in-line tight ends and Waller is not that. But how many of those tight ends will put up back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons when healthy, as Waller did in 2019 and ’20?
Waller struggled with injuries the past two years. He still averaged a career high 13.9 yards per catch last season.
Raiders May Not Be Done Shedding Pass Catchers
One assumes the Raiders might also dip into free agency for a cheaper version of Waller. Miami’s Mike Gesicki or Dalton Schultz of the Cowboys might be that.
The Raiders save $11.3 million this season with this trade. But it’s fair to say some players on the team are not in love with this move.
And the Raiders may not be done shedding talent from their receiver corps.
Las Vegas owes slot receiver Hunter Renfrow a $4.32 million roster bonus on Friday and the Raiders have been shopping the receiver in trade, per a source.
The Raiders did add Jakobi Meyers in free agency on Tuesday, agreeing to a three year deal.
I’m sure Jimmy Garoppolo has no issues with any of this.
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McDumbass is doing the exact same thing he did in Denver over a decade ago. He didn’t learn a thing from that failure.