The wait is over for New York Giants fans. According to Ian Rapoport, the team is set to release Deandre Baker. Baker was drafted in the first round by the Giants back in 2019, with the 30th overall pick.
Like much of the secondary, Baker struggled to get a grasp of the NFL early in his career. He complained during the season that the defensive playbook and scheme was very complex. Baker improved his stats late in the season, but even then his stats were not attractive.
In 2019, he earned a 48.4 overall grade from Pro Football Focus. Baker started 15 games and appeared in all 16. Quarterbacks targeted him 88 times and completed 54 passes against him. Baker allowed a 61.4 completion percentage, 850 yards, and a 116.6 passer rating.
However, Deandre Baker was not cut for that reason. On May 14th, a warrant was issued for the arrests of Baker and Seattle Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar. The charges were armed robbery and aggravated assault with a firearm. Two mornings later, both cornerbacks turned themselves into the Miramar Police Department in Florida.
Much after the victims recanted, on July 10th Pat Leonard of the NY Daily News reported that the witnesses were paid $55,000 each to keep their mouth shut about the incident. There were claims that Dunbar’s lawyer was involved, however in the end Quinton Dunbar was not charged.
The NFL put Deandre Baker on the Commissioner’s Exempt List to start training camp on July 27th. He appealed the decision however after the reports of the pay-off came out, he took back his appeal.
After the Giants cut the roster down to 53 players, they decided Baker’s Giant days were over. Cornerback Isaac Yiadom took Baker’s number shortly before the announcement was made.