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DeAndre Baker Released by Giants, Was on Exempt List After May Arrest

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist

New York Giants' Deandre Baker plays during the second half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Matt Rourke/Associated Press

The New York Giants released 2019 first-round draft pick DeAndre Baker, the team announced on Tuesday. 

The NFL placed Baker on the commissioner's exempt list in July. The 23-year-old was arrested in May in Broward County, Florida, in connection with an alleged armed robbery. In August, the Broward State Attorney's Office charged him with four counts of robbery with a firearm.

Baker's arrest warrant alleges he and Seattle Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar were at a party and stole $12,000 in cash along with multiple luxury watches. He also allegedly told a member of his group to shoot a guest "who was just walking into the party."

Prosecutors found insufficient evidence to charge Dunbar.

Patrick Patel, Baker's attorney, told the New York Post's Paul Schwartz in May he expected the charges against the 2018 Jim Thorpe Award winner to be dismissed.

Baker's release from the Giants won't come as a surprise when it's made official. Team co-owner John Mara told reporters last week a resolution was going to arrive "sooner rather than later." The Giants have already given away his jersey number as well.

Pat Leonard @PLeonardNYDN

Here at Giants practice: For the first time, the Giants have given away DeAndre Baker’s jersey No. 27. New corner Isaac Yiadom — acquired in trade from Denver for a 7th rounder — is now wearing No. 27. Giants still haven’t waived Baker off their commissioner exempt list. https://t.co/CKfUmWnHgu

Baker appeared in every game for the team in 2019 and finished with 55 tackles and eight passes defended. He'll be ineligible to play while on the commissioner's exempt list.

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