Raiders’ Stance On Trading Star TE Darren Waller, Revealed

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Earlier this week, it was revealed that the original trade talks between the Las Vegas Raiders and Green Bay Packers centered around Davante Adams involved more than just draft compensation. The Raiders ended up sending their first and second-round picks in the 2022 NFL Draft to Green Bay for Adams, but there were other trade packages discussed.

One of them involved the Raiders’ tight end, Darren Waller. He was one of the potential pieces that Green Bay was targeting in return, but the league stepped in and nixed it. Because Adams was an unsigned franchise-tagged player, any returning trade package for him could only include draft capital, not another player.

As a result, Waller remained with Las Vegas. But, the Packers’ pursuit of him did not finish. They were still interested in bringing Waller to town in a separate deal that would get done during the draft this week.

Alas, it does not sound like that will be occurring. According to the sources of Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, a firm ‘zero chance’ was given in regards to the Raiders trading Waller away.

There are a ton of teams that would love to have a player as productive as Waller, with the contract that he has, on their roster. The Raiders are one of those teams as well and it does not sound like they have any intention of moving on from the former Pro Bowler.

Waller has cemented himself as one of the best tight ends in the NFL in the last few seasons. The Raiders gave him a chance after some substance abuse issues early in his career and he made the most of that opportunity.

Waller had back-to-back seasons with at least 1,145 yards in 2019 and 2020 before injuries derailed him in 2021. Heading into the 2022 season, he along with Adams and Hunter Renfrow create one of the better pass-catching trios in the league for Derek Carr to get the ball to.