Raiders news: Final thoughts on the Darren Waller trade rumor

Wednesday night seemed to end any speculation that the Las Vegas Raiders could make a blockbuster trade this weekend by sending tight end Darren Waller packing.

Waller told CBS Sports Radio that the Raiders told him he would not be traded.

Of course, on Monday, Waller’s trade discussion was sparked by a report from Green Bay, saying the Packers were trying to acquire Waller.

With Waller advised that a trade will not take place, here are some thoughts as we seemingly close the door:

  • At this point, the Raiders better not pull off a surprise Waller trade. With multiple reports of the team not trading him and with the player himself being told by the organization, it would be a horrible optics if they were lying to him. The locker room trusts the new regime. It would ruin it.
  • This situation reminds us that there is a big difference between trading rumors and trading conversations. At this point, all we know is that it was a rumor.

Davante Adams
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  • Of course, the focus of the Packers-Waller discussion was the report that he was supposed to be part of the Davante Adams trade last month. The report was that the Packers would get No. 22 and Waller for Adams. However, since Adams had not signed his franchise tag, this player-for-player deal could not happen. I also heard this rumor. I was skeptical for two reasons. First, Adams could have signed his tag and then gotten a new contract from the Raiders, and, second, the teams could have just traded Waller for the No. 53 (who was part of Adams’ real trade) after the fact. So there were holes in that premise. By the way, Adams’ actual trade from the Raiders was much better than sending No. 22 and Waller for Adams.
  • Not trading Waller is the best course of action for Las Vegas. The trade would have been short-sighted. The Raiders have both Adams and Waller. It is an embarrassment of offensive riches. They just extended quarterback Derek Carr. They have to go there this season. Having Waller helps in 2022 better than any draft pick compensation,
  • Maybe the Raiders will trade Waller next year. He has two years left on his contract and he is extremely underpaid. The Raiders just paid Adams, Carr, Maxx Crosby and Chandler Jones. Standout slot man Hunter Renfrow can be a free agent next year. It’s hard to pay everyone. So the Waller question could come to a head next year. But let’s worry about that then and see what this offense can do in 2022.
  • Finally, kudos to Waller for how he handles this. He is in the voluntary sessions of the off-season and he agrees to be part of the team. It might cause a stink, but it doesn’t. It is useful and the organization probably appreciates it and it could go a long way towards finding ultimate mutual happiness.

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