The rebuild of the New York Giants‘ secondary may have just taken a turn.
According to the Miramar Police, an arrest warrant for Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker has been issued in his home state of Florida. The warrant includes “four counts of armed robbery with a firearm and four counts of aggravated assault with a firearm,” per the report.
As the Miramar Police detailed, the charges stem from an incident on Wednesday, May 13, in the city near Baker’s native Miami. Baker was not the only NFL player police say was involved, and they’ve issued an arrest warrant for Seattle Seahawks defensive back Quinton Dunbar for four counts of armed robbery.
Per Dan Duggan of The Athletic, Baker was absent from the Giants’ virtual meeting today, as well as any other meetings during New York’s voluntary minicamp this week.
The Giants have since said in a statement to ABC News, “We are aware of the situation. We have been in contact with DeAndre. We have no further comment at this time.”
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Details Regarding Baker’s Charges
TMZ has reported both Baker and Dunbar were at a cookout in Miramar, Florida, on May 13. According to police, there was an argument and Baker pulled out a semi-automatic firearm. Baker and Dunbar then robbed a number of party guests, with Dunbar taking jewelry and other valuables per Baker’s directions, police say.
According to the application for the arrest warrant, Baker directed a third man, who was wearing a red mask, to shoot a bystander who had just entered the party, though no one was actually shot during the incident.
The trio made off with more than $7,000 in cash as well as numerous other valuables, mainly high-end watches, according to police. This comes on the heels of Baker and Dunbar losing approximately $70,000 at a party just a few days earlier, one witness told police.
According to police, witnesses at the party suggested the robbery could have been planned ahead of time, as there were three getaway cars “strategically positioned to expedite an immediate departure” for Baker, Dunbar and the red-masked man.
Are DeAndre Baker’s Days in New York Over?
From a football standpoint, it’s safe to say that DeAndre Baker’s NFL career has gotten off to a rocky start. The former Georgia Bulldog struggled mightily for the majority of his inaugural NFL campaign.
Baker was torched repeatedly in the beginning of the year, ultimately finishing the 2019 season with an extremely poor PFF grade of just 48.4. With that said, he did begin to show glimpses towards the latter part of the year of the type of talent that once made him such a highly sought-after prospect.
Following the team’s Week 11 bye week, the defense opted for a change in philosophy, allowing Baker to play in more man-to-man coverage. For the next four weeks, Baker ranked as one of the top corners in football. Per Pro Football Focus, he owned the 6th-best coverage grade amongst cornerbacks over that span, including allowing just a 26.3 completion percentage.
The Giants and general manager Dave Gettleman have done a magnificent job this offseason of overhauling the 5th-worst secondary in football a season ago. They inked free agent cornerback James Bradberry to a massive deal in hopes that he will lock down the CB1 job on the outside. The Giants also added two highly impressive draft prospects in safety Xavier McKinney and Darnay Holmes.
Along with the new additions in the G-Men’s secondary, the team is littered with young talent on the backend. Sam Beal, Corey Ballentine and Julian Love are all recent draft picks within the current Giants regime that the team thinks highly of.
However, the rebuild of New York’s secondary would not be complete, or at the very least would take a major step back, without Baker lining up opposite Bradberry. Unfortunately, under these current circumstances, the decision to move forward with Baker may be out of the organization’s hands.
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