NFL trade grades: Giants swindle the Raiders for Darren Waller
The New York Giants traded for Las Vegas Raiders tight end Darren Waller. New York got another weapon for quarterback Daniel Jones.
Daniel Jones took a huge step forward in 2022, enough for the Giants to sign him to a long-term extension. Jones signed four-year, $160 million extensions (with plenty of provisions from a New York perspective) that will keep him tied to the organization for years to come.
New York coach Brian Dabul helped Josh Allen unlock his potential with the Buffalo Bills. He hopes to do the same with Jones in New York. However, the first step to this is to get yourself some guns for a Pro Bowl-caliber player.
Jones already has Saquon Barkley in the backfield, who will return to quarterback next season. Ultimately, the Giants traded for Las Vegas Raiders star Darren Waller, a significant promotion.
NFL Trade Scores: Giants acquire Raiders TE Darren Waller
Trade as follows:
TE, Darren Waller
2023 Third round selection
It’s simple and doesn’t require much math.
The Raiders signed Waller to a three-year contract extension on the eve of the 2022 season. The deal will pay Waller about $17 million per campaign, running through 2024. The financial aspect of this trade likely indicates why the Raiders were willing to part with a talented player like Waller in the first place. .
Commercial grade Raiders: C
There are more moves coming from a Las Vegas perspective.
Waller has also missed significant time in the past two seasons. In 2021, he only played 11 games. Last year, he started just six contests, catching 28 passes for 388 yards and three touchdowns, pedestrian numbers for a player of his caliber.
NY Giants Commercial Grade: B+
New York would expect more from Waller, though the compensation wasn’t much. The Giants traded the companies pick they acquired in the Kadarius Toney deal for Waller.
Given that Waller is one of the best ends in football when healthy, this trade is a win for New York. For the Raiders, this looks more like payroll, and the compensation is disappointing.