The Green Bay Packers were linked to a ton of wide receivers at the NFL trade deadline, including the likes of Chase Claypool and DJ Moore. The front office wasn't only focused on one position, though. Las Vegas Raiders' tight end Darren Waller was another talented name the team targeted last week.
NFL insider Ian Rapoport reported that the Packers "made a strong run" at Waller prior to Tuesday's deadline, but the Raiders never had intentions of dealing the Pro Bowler. That shouldn't come as a major shock given Las Vegas inked Waller to a three-year extension worth $51 million in September.
It's important to remember that these two teams were involved in a blockbuster trade over the offseason as All-Pro wide receiver Davante Adams was dealt from Green Bay to Las Vegas. Rapoport mentioned that Waller was involved in the negotiations at that time, but obviously nothing came of it.
Starting tight end Robert Tonyan has done what he has been asked to do in 2022, logging 286 yards and 1 touchdown on 35 receptions (8 games). However, the addition of Waller would've allowed Green Bay to switch things up on offense with two-TE sets and provided a much-needed red zone weapon.
Waller will be continue being a crucial piece to the puzzle for a Raiders squad that needs to start winning to get back in the playoff race. While he has racked up 175 yards and 1 touchdown on 16 receptions so far this season, Waller is unlikely to play in Week 9 as he deals with a hamstring issue.
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