It was a monumental day for DeAndre Baker as the state of Florida chose to drop all the charges against him. The former New York Giants cornerback was embroiled in an alleged armed robbery back in May.
In 2019, Baker was a first-round pick of the New York Giants by way of the Georgia Bulldogs. After he was arrested for multiple counts of armed robbery and aggravated assault, his former team released him. He was then placed on the commissioner’s exempt list.
DeAndre Baker’s Case
Based on the original arrest warrant, it was stated that Baker and Quinton Dunbar, Seattle Seahawks cornerback, were accused of stealing money and watches while armed with semi-automatic firearms. It was said that Baker had intentionally threatened the victims with the firearm. Dunbar has not been filed any criminal charges because of insufficient evidence. Unfortunately, the same could not be said for Baker.
The case was a roller coaster of a ride, to begin with. The four alleged victims had given conflicting statements about the incident to the state attorney’s office. Last May, they had recanted their sworn statements in affidavits. According to Cohen in his interview with ESPN:
“Knowing that you have admitted liars — admitted liars, there is no way to cut around it or change the story. They are, at best, admitted liars and convicted felons. You have four guys that are convicted felons and admitted liars. You filed based on their word against a guy that has no criminal history, always gives back to his community.”
The Charges Were Dropped
On the 16th of November, an arrest was made on William Dean, the prosecution’s attorney, for attempting to extort nearly $800,000 out of Baker. This was in exchange for weakened statements from three of the four alleged victims of the robbery case. Because of the said arrest, all charges against Baker were dropped, and the case was dismissed.
According to Baker’s defence team, he had been “a victim of an extortion from day one.” It is said that the clients were involved in the set-up from the very beginning. If Baker had been convicted, he would have faced a mandatory minimum of 10 years and up to life in state prison.
Welcomed By the Kansas City Chiefs
After Baker’s case was dropped, a lot of football teams were interested in his services. Some of these teams were the Bengals and the Chiefs. The latter was successful in snagging the free agent. Baker was graded 78th out of 84 qualifying cornerbacks in coverage last year. However, he ended the rookie season on a high note by ranking 8th out of 77 during the final six weeks. That’s why it comes as to no surprise why many teams were interested in him. It also doesn’t hurt the fact that the Giants invested a lot in the football player. They traded back up into the first round of last year’s NFL draft to bring Baker on board. They did this by swapping their second-round pick at No. 37 with the Seahawks for No. 30 overall.
DeAndre Baker agreed to terms with the Kansas City Chiefs and will play for Steve Spagnuolo, the former Giants defensive coordinator.
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