Darren Waller
Darren Waller Officially Retires from Football
4 weeks ago

The former Ravens, Raiders, and Giants tight end confirmed what was already seen as inevitable, retiring from the NFL on June 9.

New York Giants tight end Darren Waller has officially retired from the NFL, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The tight end made his announcement on YouTube, citing injuries and a recent health scare that forced him to “rethink” his career. Waller’s announcement comes after a turbulent, injury-riddled season in which he caught 52 passes for 552 yards and a touchdown. Waller earned a Pro Bowl selection following his 2020 season with the Raiders, and he amassed 350 receptions for 4,124 yards and 20 touchdowns across eight seasons in the NFL.

 

With Waller now retired, the four tight ends on New York’s depth chart are Daniel Bellinger, Theo Johnson, Jack Stoll, and Chris Manhertz. And while Bellinger figures to be the starter heading into 2024, Theo Johnson — a rookie out of Penn State selected with the 107th overall pick in the draft — is an intriguing long-term breakout candidate and should garner attention in dynasty leagues. Furthermore, Waller’s departure should elevate the ceilings of Malik Nabers, Darius Slayton, and Wan’Dale Robinson, among others, although Daniel Jones’ fantasy outlook remains similar to what it was before Waller’s retirement.