Darren Waller's Latest Retirement Comments Sound Like He's Made Up His Mind

Darren Waller's recent comments sound like someone who isn't looking to come back.
Dec 31, 2023; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants tight end Darren Waller (12) after a
Dec 31, 2023; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants tight end Darren Waller (12) after a / Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Darren Waller has only been with the New York Giants for one year and he's already been contemplating retirement since the end of the regular season.

Waller was brought over to the Big Apple last year when the Giants traded a 2023 third-round pick to the Las Vegas Raiders in exchange for him.

Things never got going in New York for Waller. He let certain members of the organization know of his thoughts about retiring but he never told management until later in the offseason.

Fast forward a month, and the 31-year-old still hasn't made up his mind. Of course, the Giants want a decision made prior to the draft but that hasn't happened.

Waller's recent comments to the NY Post didn't sound like a player whose ready to lock into a football season.

Giants News: Darren Waller Still Hasn't Made His Mind on Playing Future

"I have to make a decision at some point. You have to be 100 percent bought in, for the grind. And I have to make sure I am bringing that to the table, or it’s a disservice to the guys I am suiting up with. I also want to give the team time, where whichever way I go, they can prepare for next season. So … it’s a little bit of a difficult decision, but here we are."

Darren Waller

It is already April. Voluntary workouts begin on May 20 for the Giants with mandatory minicamp from June 11-13.

Not knowing if you want to play this late into the offseason doesn't indicate that Waller is ready to come back and roll.

In 2023, he was hampered by a hamstring strain but that same issue has been bothering him for a few years now.

The Georgia Tech product still has three years left on his deal per Spotrac and would be leaving $40 million on the table.

Even though he hasn't made an official announcement, it sure sounds like a player who isn't mentally ready for an 18-week NFL season.

Regardless if Waller returns or not, the New York Giants face an uphill climb in the division. According to FanDuel Sportsbook, the Giants (+900) are tied with the Washington Commanders for the worst odds to win the NFC East. If you want to lock down these odds, head over to FanDuel Sportsbook, claim your sign-up bonus, and take advantage of these odds to back the Giants.

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