Brian Daboll surprisingly continues to leave the Darren Waller-Giants door open

Could we see Waller actually play for the G-Men this season?
New York Giants OTA Offseason Workouts
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Despite all the reports regarding Darren Waller's likelihood of retirement, it seems like the NY Giants haven't given up on the possibility of a return just yet. This comes as a bit of a surprise, as a report released by Adam Schefter and Jordan Raanan stated that those within the Giants organization expected the Pro Bowl tight end to retire.

However, during a press conference at OTAs, head coach Brian Daboll left the door open for Waller to return, signaling that he still hasn't made an official decision. Whether or not he does will have to wait, but the words Daboll are definitely a good thing to see regarding his potential comeback, as unlikely as it may be.

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In said press conference, Daboll stated that the Giants will continue to give Waller the time he needs, saying what when he makes his decision, he'll make it. Daboll told the press this just three days after the initial report stating that Waller was expected to retire was dropped.

The lack of clarity on the Waller situation has made it difficult to believe anything either side says. However, given the lack of any real word from Waller, coupled with his apparent new music career, odds are he doesn't return.

This is unfortunate because if healthy, Waller could have played a big role for this Giants team that is in need of a top-tier pass-catcher. While he only played in 12 games last season, Waller caught 52 passes for 552 yards and one touchdown despite playing with three different quarterbacks throughout the year.

Who knows what Waller's decision will be? One thing is for certain, the Giants have their backup plans set and ready to go for the season. Theo Johnson and Daniel Bellinger are two young tight ends full of potential that we're excited to see in '24. Waller will make his final decision soon, but with Daboll unsure of things, it feels like maybe his return can't be ruled out.