New York Giants officially cut ties with former Georgia DB
Deandre Baker’s expected exit from the New York Giants became official Tuesday morning when the team finalized its roster for the season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The former Georgia defensive back was once a promising player for the Giants, who drafted him 30th overall in the 2019 NFL Draft. As a rookie, he played in all 16 games with starts in each of the final 15 contests. Baker finished with 61 tackles (48 solo) and eight passes defensed.
But Baker, 22, has been on the Commissioner’s Exempt List since July 27, Giants.com reported. Two weeks later, he was formally charged with four counts of robbery with a firearm stemming from an alleged May 13 incident at a house party in Miramar, Fla. Baker has not participated in any Giants activities since the alleged incident. It became especially clear in recent days that the organization would move away from Baker when it issued Baker’s No. 27 to free-agent signee James Bradberry.
If Baker is convicted, the punishment comes with a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison with a maximum of life, NFL.com reported.
Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar was also initially charged in the incident, but Florida officials attorney announced last month that prosecutors were declining to file criminal charges against him on the grounds of insufficient evidence.