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John Fennelly

Packers, Dolphins tried to pull off Darren Waller trade last year

The New York Giants’ trade for Las Vegas Raiders tight end Darren Waller last month came as a surprise to many fans and pundits but, in reality, it was a move that was a long time coming.

Waller’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told NBC Sports recently that Waller was almost dealt to the Green Bay Packers and the Miami Dolphins last year.

Rosenhaus said that the Raiders talked to both the Packers and the Dolphins about a Waller trade. The Raiders eventually pulled back and instead gave Waller a new deal.

Rosenhaus still believed a trade was inevitable.

“I never thought the fit was great,” Rosenhaus said. “I never thought the relationship was great.”

Waller’s new deal, signed just before the start of the 2022 regular season, gave him $11 million more than what he was due to earn in 2022 and 2023, with the team having a year-to-year option for 2024, 2025, and 2026.

The Giants now have the benefit of that contract, with Waller on the team for the next four years (with a small adjustment recently made to clear cap space).

The Giants sent a third-round compensatory pick to Las Vegas in exchange for Waller.

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