UPDATE: The New York Giants formally released Deandre Baker on Tuesday, Sept. 8, one day after the article below was published.
Former Georgia football All-American and Thorpe Award winner Deandre Baker will be released from the New York Giants, per NFL.com and the New York Daily News.
Ian Rapoport reported New York has given Baker’s No. 27 jersey to free-agent signee James Bradberry, telegraphing that he will not be back with the team.
The 23-year-old Baker, the Giants first pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, currently faces charges of four counts of robbery with a firearm. If convicted, Baker faces a minimum 10 years of prison
The New York Daily News reports Baker is out on $100,000 bail and has an arraignment scheduled for Jan. 20, 2021.
According to the New York newspaper, the arraignment had been scheduled for Sept. 15 but was postponed “due an indefinite closure of in-person court hearings by the state during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Baker was placed on the NFL Commissioner’s Exempt List on July 27 on account of the charges he faced from an alleged robbery on May 13 in Miramar, Fla.
According to the Miramar Police Department arrest warrant, Baker and Seattle Seahawks defensive back Quinton Dunbar were at a house party when Baker allegedly pulled out a semi-automatic weapon and began pointing it at a guest after an argument broke out.
The warrant stated the 22-year-old Baker told two other individuals to take money and valuables from the party guests.
The police report in total states that four watches, valued from $600 to $25,000, along with $12,800 in cash were taken.
The arrest warrant also states that someone walked into the party and at that point Baker directed a man in a red mask to shoot a person, but there was no mention of shots fired.
According to the New York Daily News, prosecutors declined to charge Dunbar, citing insufficient evidence.
The #Giants traded No. 36, No. 132 and No. 142 to get to No. 30 and draft DeAndre Baker.
It was a bad trade then that looks even worse now.
— Zack Rosenblatt (@ZackBlatt) September 8, 2020