Darren Waller: My agent’s job is to handle the contract, I focus on football

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Raiders tight end Darren Waller has become one of the elite players at his position in the league.

Waller still has two years on his contract that will pay him $6.25 million in base salary in each season. But considering Cleveland’s David Njoku just got a contract that will pay him just over $14 million a year for four years, Waller is clearly underpaid.

Nevertheless, Waller said on Tuesday that he’s not focused on his contract.

“I just focus on enjoying it while I’m here — whether I’m here 10 years or who knows how long, just being present here,” Waller said in his press conference. “And my agent’s job is to do that stuff. I just focus on the football part because if you don’t focus on football and your mind’s elsewhere… You’ve got to be locked in as a professional. So I try to be a professional every day.”

Waller missed several games due to injury last year, but caught 55 passes for 665 yards with a pair of touchdowns. In 2020, he had 107 receptions for 1,196 yards and nine TDs, becoming a Pro Bowler for the first time.

10 responses to “Darren Waller: My agent’s job is to handle the contract, I focus on football

  1. I mean, he’s always hurt and is pretty much overrated. He would benefit from a starting QB and all the starting QBs in his division have starting QBs except his team!

    Waller and Adams need to get traded to a winning team ASAP!

  2. Aside from being made of glass, I like Darren. Calling him elite is a very long stretch. He’s good, but no where near elite.

  3. He’s way over paid and people think he’s Kelce.

    Nope. Not even close.

  4. His job is to keep his nose clean and not misbehave.
    That’s all he needs to do.

  5. Dude should be a Green Bay Packer, the initial trade for Devante Adams included Waller and #22 but the NFL said you can’t trade players for a guy on the franchise tag so Oakland traded #22 a 2nd round pick #53 instead. I figured they would then just trade them back the 53 for Waller but that never happened, not sure why.

    If Oakland won’t extend his contract and pay him more money than maybe it still happens but not holding my breath for that possibility.

  6. The world needs a lot more Darren Wallers and a lot less keyboard warrior’s who don’t know what they are talking about.

  7. If a so-so player is overpaid by a foolish team, it doesn’t entitle other players to be paid the same.
    They may play for well run teams that know not to do that.

  8. drummer1279 says:
    June 7, 2022 at 6:49 pm

    The world needs a lot more Darren Wallers and a lot less keyboard warrior’s who don’t know what they are talking about.

    _____

    What’s a keyboard warrior? takes one to know one?

    I don’t think anyone agrees with you dude and the Raiders and their roster is well below average.

  9. The guy has been hurt once since he has been a Raider. It is a bit early to claim he is “always hurt” & “made of glass”.

    And, there is nothing overrated about Waller. He is one of the biggest matchup problems in the NFL.

  10. Darren Waller has been overhyped since Gruden was flapping his gums about him. Waller will be under utilized on the Raiders as they have a terrible offense and no QB. Waller is made of glass, he’s injured more than he is on the field.

    Waller and Adams will hopefully be traded to winning teams after this forth place division finish for the Raiders. My sources think 5-12 will be their finishing record this season.

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