Darren Waller ‘caught off guard’ by Giants trade

Darren Waller had just returned home a day earlier from his honeymoon with Las Vegas Aces guard Kelsey Plum when his phone rang.

Still enjoying his newly married life, Waller was dealt a surprise. The Las Vegas Raiders called to inform him that he had been traded to the New York Giants. Shortly thereafter, he was contacted by Giants general manager Joe Schoen and head coach Brian Daboll.

It was a FaceTime, as Daboll desires. And for Waller, his entire world had turned upside down.

Not addressed by Waller on Wednesday afternoon during his introductory Zoom call was what would have led to the trade. However, a day earlier, the new bride offered her own speculation.

Waller admitted the trade was a “curveball” as it related to his fresh nuptials, but credited his wife for being understanding and accepting the unpredictable nature of business in the NFL.

With a partial focus now on acclimating to life in East Rutherford, Waller praised several of his new teammates for their “humility.” He also offered praise for Daboll and offensive coordinator Mike Kafka, saying that he’d do whatever was asked of him in their “high-octane” offense.

Waller also recognized there would be questions about his health, but said he still wholeheartedly believes in himself and would avoid overworking himself this offseason, which he implied was the reason for his recent injury history.

Asked about a possible contract restructure, Waller said the Giants had not approached him about that.


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Story originally appeared on Giants Wire