Giants acquire Darren Waller in trade with Raiders

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The New York Giants Former Pro Bowl tight end Darren Waller In a trade with Las Vegas Raiderssources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The Giants will send a third-round draft pick (100th overall) to the Raiders for Waller, who will provide the quarterback. Daniel Jones With an established senior target in the passing game.

Waller had seasons of over 1,000 receiving yards in 2019 and 2020, but has been plagued by multiple injuries over the past two seasons, appearing in a total of 20 games over that span.

The draft pick heading to Las Vegas was originally acquired by the Giants Leaders Last October in a trade that sent the receiver away Catharious Tony to Kansas City.

That trade is associated with — Kenny KolladeThe futility of and Sterling ShepherdA season-ending knee injury — left Jones with an inexperienced receiving corps for New York’s surprising postseason run and led to widespread hopes that Giants general manager Joe Schoen would see passing-game upgrades this offseason.

Jones’ leading receiver last season was wide receiver Darius Slayton, finished with 724 yards. But Schoen found an innovative way to improve the receiving corps with Tuesday’s trade, which may be necessary given what is considered a weak group of wide receivers in free agency.

The Giants will keep Waller, 30, under contract for the next four seasons thanks to a three-year, $51 million extension he signed with the Raiders in September. New York is expected to use two-tight end formations featuring Waller and Daniel BellingerLast year’s fourth-round pick, at the position.

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After the Raiders agreed, Waller may have become expendable to Las Vegas A three-year contract The previous Tuesday with a free agent receiver Jacob MeyersOne who joins a receiving group that already includes Davante Adams And Hunter Renfro. Backup tight end Foster Morrow He excelled in spot duty last season in place of Waller, finishing with 33 catches for 420 yards and two touchdowns.

The Raiders are also interested in signing the veteran free agent tight end Marcidis LewisAccording to Schefter.

The 6-foot-6 Waller appeared in nine games last season, hauling in 28 receptions for 388 yards and three touchdowns.

ESPN’s Jordan Ronan contributed to this report.

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