Giants’ Darren Waller, 31, to retire from NFL after recent split from WNBA star Kelsey Plum

NFL star Darren Waller has informed the New York Giants that he is set to call it a day on his football career at the tender age of 31 after his recent split from WNBA star Kelsey Plum.

According to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the veteran tight end ‘hasn’t attended workouts, and the team had known for some time he many not play.’

Waller, who only signed with the Giants last year to become the highest paid player in his position ($17M in 2023) until Travis Kelce’s extension this offseason, has until the start of the team’s mandatory minicamp (June 11) to officially make up his mind.

The one-time Pro Bowl selectee’s rumored decision comes just weeks after he and Plum – a point guard for the Las Vegas Aces – filed for divorce in April.

The couple were married for a little over a year, as they tied the knot in March 2023. 

News of Darren Waller potentially retiring has emerged after his lone season in on the Giants

Earlier this year, Waller released ‘Who Knew’ a song about his former wife. The track received mixed reviews, with some individuals saying it lacked quality.   

In terms of concerns for New York, Waller is under contract for three more seasons with the franchise and is due a base salary of $10.5M in 2024 although there is no guaranteed money left on the deal. 

If Waller decides to retire, then the Giants will take a dead cap charge of $7.9M and save $6.2 million against the cap this season. The Giants acquired Waller from the Las Vegas Raiders via trade in March 2023.

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