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Tight Ends: What’s the deal with Darren Waller’s contract?
There’s been a lot of speculation surrounding Darren Waller and his contract, to the point a trade with Green Bay involving the Pro Bowl tight end became popularized. Since, those rumors have been shot down, with Waller claiming he’s only focused on football.
Rumors continue to surface here and there of Darren Waller potentially holding out, but the star tight end hasn’t changed his mind; He’s focused on football and has no intentions of holding out. On top of that, Waller has made it clear he loves being a Raider and has the utmost respect for his teammates.
Before veterans reported to camp last week, another rumor regarding Waller emerged, stating the Raiders’ stud pass catcher was actively looking for a new contract. To this, Waller replied, “I’m focused on playing right now. My agent handles that. Whatever is going on there is whatever is going on there. But whatever the outcome is of that, I’m here and I’m playing.”
“I feel like adopting the mindset of when I’m here, what can I give to the team? As opposed to what I can get”, the tight end added. This team-first mentality is one of the many reasons Waller has earned the respect of the entire locker room.
Since 2019, Waller has logged 252 receptions, 3006 receiving yards, and 16 touchdowns. In 2020, Waller broke the Raiders’ single-season receptions record. For now, no.83 is a Raider, and he’s here to play.