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Reports on Friday claimed that the Giants’ tight-end, Darren Waller, would return next season, but this might not be the case.

The last few days have been chaotic surrounding the 31-year-old, to say the least.

Paul Schwartz and Ryan Dunleavy reported on Friday that Waller had chosen to remain with the Giants for another season. This came after rumors at the end of the 2023 season that he had informed individuals at the Giants of his retirement considerations. However, later on Friday, he told the New York Post that he is “still undecided” on his future in the NFL.

There were previous rumors that Waller would be cut by the Giants in order to save money toward the cap. The former Raider could cost $14 million against the salary cap in 2024 if he does decide to return, but the Giants do want him back.

Waller’s NFL Journey

Darren Waller has faced multiple personal off-field challenges in his career. He previously opened up on his battles with substance abuse in a personal interview last year. He also went undrafted in the 2015 Draft and signed with the Ravens, where he struggled to make an impact.

The Raiders is where Waller really found his feet in the NFL after being signed off the Ravens practice squad. He spent five years at the Raiders, where he made his name as one of the best tight ends in the NFL, including two seasons with over 1,000 receiving yards in 2019 and 2020.

The Trade to Big Blue

The former Pro-Bowl tight-end was traded to the New York Giants in the 2023 Off-Season for a 3rd-Round pick. The expectation was that he would become the star receiver for Daniel Jones in Mike Kafka’s wildcat offense. However, the 2023 season did not go as planned for Waller, missing 7 games through a reoccurring hamstring injury.

The hamstring injury in week 8 against the Jets kept Waller out of action in weeks 9 through 13. He finished the season with 552 yards off of 52 receptions.

What’s next for Darren Waller?

There were glimpses last season of what Waller could become for the Giants, but he recorded just a single touchdown in 12 games. If Waller returns, the Giants will hope that he can rediscover his 2020 form, when he made the Pro Bowl.

Going into the Draft season, it remains to be seen if Darren Waller will be playing for the G-MEN for another year. This could alter Joe Schoen’s plans in the 2024 Draft and free-agency, where he might look to add a tight-end.

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