NFL: Darren Waller, Tight End for the New York Giants, Retires

Darren Waller, the tight end for the New York Giants, has announced his retirement from the NFL. The team released a statement expressing their respect for Waller as both a person and a player, wishing him the best in his future endeavors.

At 31 years old, Waller had been contemplating his future during the offseason, ultimately deciding to step away from the game. This decision means he will be forfeiting a $10.525 million bonus and salary for the upcoming season.

During the offseason, the Giants had already been preparing for Waller’s potential retirement. They signed additional tight ends through free agency and the draft, including Theo Johnson in the fourth round. Veterans Jack Stoll and Chris Manhertz were also brought in to provide depth at the position, alongside Daniel Bellinger, Lawrence Cager, and Tyree Jackson.

In a recent interview with The Athletic, Waller expressed doubts about his commitment to football and emphasized the importance of prioritizing his mental health. He has been open about struggles with substance abuse earlier in his career and has dealt with hamstring injuries in recent years.

Waller played 12 games before being traded to New York, where he recorded 52 catches for 552 yards and a touchdown in 2023. His retirement marks the end of a successful career in the NFL, leaving behind a legacy on and off the field.