NFL Free Agency Grades: NY Giants have made several stellar moves this offseason
2. Trading for Darren Waller: A-
Similar to Campbell, the injury concerns surrounding Darren Waller are definitely real. However, if he can remain healthy, the Giants will have one of the best tight ends in the league while just giving up a third-round pick to acquire him.
That’s right, the Giants traded the pick they got from the Kadarius Toney deal in order to bring in an elite TE. Waller may not have any more 1,000-yard seasons left in him, but if he remains healthy, he will garner incredible amounts of attention from opposing defenses and will open up the Giants’ offense a ton.
New York has not had a receiving threat like this in quite some time and while the Giants have certainly had some talented players come and go in recent years, none have been quite as fearful for defenses as Waller.
The only thing keeping this trade from being a sure-shot A+ is Waller’s previously mentioned injury history, as in the last two seasons, Waller has played in only 20 games. Despite this, the last time Waller played a full season he caught 107 passes, which would tie the Giants’ single-season reception record, for 1,196 yards and nine touchdowns.
There are certainly a lot of “ifs” going into this trade, however, for the price of a third-round pick, this deal is more than acceptable. Alongside this, the way Waller’s contract is structured allows for an easy release in 2024 if he doesn’t pan out. Considering how relatively weak the free agent market was in terms of receiving threats, Schoen couldn’t have done a much better job at addressing a dire need on the Giants’ offense.