NFL hands down punishment for Deandre Baker following defensive back's offseason armed robbery charges
Don’t expect to see Deandre Baker on the field any time soon for the New York Giants as the second-year pro is currently prohibited from competing on the field for his team — or any NFL team for that matter.
That’s due to the fact Baker has been put on the Commissioner’s Exempt list by the NFL, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media.
“Source: #Giants CB Deandre Baker was just put on the Commissioner’s Exempt list following several charges including armed robbery,” Rapoport reported on Monday.
If you aren’t familiar with the Commissioner’s Exempt list, it essentially means Baker is on paid leave. When the NFL orders a player put on the list, his team has no say in the matter and cannot supersede the order.
This news comes after Baker was charged with armed robbery and assault. Baker has pleaded not guilty to both charges. Baker and fellow NFL cornerback Quinton Dunbar are accused of stealing money and watches by force during a Florida cookout back in May.
Baker was a first-round selection out of Georgia in the 2019 NFL Draft. He appeared in all 16 games for the Giants his rookie season and made 15 starts. He had 61 tackles with eight passes defended during the 2019 NFL season.