New York Giants: DeAndre Baker Situation Update

Deandre Baker, New York Giants. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Deandre Baker, New York Giants. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /

The DeAndre Baker saga has been going on for quite some time now, and with more information coming out, it’s time for the New York Giants to move on.

On April 25th, 2019, the New York Giants made a rather questionable decision to move back up into the first round and take Georgia cornerback DeAndre Baker. The move raised some eyebrows, but it appeared that the Giants liked his intensity and mental toughness that was a huge part of his success in the SEC.

I wasn’t sold on Baker as the best pick at number 30. The Giants could have gone after other positions such as offensive line (which had more value picks available at that point) or could have taken Washington cornerback Byron Murphy (who out-performed Baker by a landslide in their rookie years.)

Baker was more or less of a train wreck in his rookie year, he didn’t perform well at all, and many were already questioning him as a failed Dave Gettleman draft pick. He has confirmed those doubters correct in recent months.

Baker and Seahawks defensive back Quinton Dunbar were allegedly at a cookout in Miramar, Florida where a fight broke out. Baker decided to pull out a handgun during this fight, according to the warrant out for his arrest, and there were warrants out for both his and Dunbar’s arrests.

At first, Baker plead not guilty to four counts of robbery with a firearm as well as four counts of aggravated assault with a firearm.

It was odd though because he had just turned himself into Miramar police at that point. Dunbar had too, as he was dealing with four counts of robbery with a firearm as well.

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Recently, video evidence has surfaced, plus Instagram DMs, and more testimony that shows that Baker and Dunbar had paid their four alleged victims a total of $55,000 to cover up their crimes.

This is notable as Baker’s lawyer thought that all charges against Baker would be dropped in early-to-mid June. Now, it looks like Baker’s future as a whole is in doubt, but his future with the Giants has a very high chance of being over.

As for how this affects the team, nobody wants a draft pick to just be wasted like this. However, it’s true that Baker’s performance was very underwhelming and pretty disappointing this year. His rookie tape had already shown little promise, and at the worst possible time during the whole Janoris Jenkins situation.

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The Giants have a history of not tolerating this kind of behavior, and it would be shocking if Baker plays for the Giants again after these payoff implications.