N.Y. Giants reports: Andrew Thomas signs $32 million deal; DeAndre Baker on commissioner’s exempt list
Former Georgia football All-American Andrew Thomas signed a four-year contract worth a guaranteed $32.345 million on Monday, per the NFL Network and NJ.com.
Thomas was the No. 4 overall election in the 2020 NFL Draft and the first lineman selected.
“He has the right demeanor, the right makeup,” Giants head coach Joe Judge said, according to NJ.com.
“Not being able to be on campuses, not having the luxury of pro days or 30 visits coming to our facility, you had to rely on your contacts, and this is someone that a lot of people I am close with had worked directly with (knew about).”
Thomas’ four-year contract includes a $21.1 million signing bonus.
Players on the commissioner’s exempt list still can report to a facility and participate in some non-football activities IF the team grants him permission to do so.
— Pat Leonard (@PLeonardNYDN) July 27, 2020
Players on the commissioner’s exempt list are not allowed to practice with the team nor attend games.
Baker has been separated from the New York team that made him a first-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft after he won the Thorpe Award as collegiate football’s best defensive back.
The former UGA star turned himself in to authorities in May after his alleged involvement in an armed robbery case in Miramar, Fla.
Baker was charged with four counts of armed robbery and four counts of aggravated assault with a firearm.
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar was also placed on the NFL commissioner’s exempt list and has four counts of armed robbery pending stemming from the same alleged event.
Both Baker and Dunbar are out on bond. The Florida state attorney’s office has yet to make clear if it will attempt to prosecute the players.
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