DeAndre Baker made the headlines for all the wrong reasons after some poor performances on the field were followed by being arrested for an alleged armed robbery.
USAtoday confirmed that the Giants had officially waived their former first round pick and the NFL had cleared him to return, but there was no hanging about from The Chiefs as they moved to sign him to their practice squad.
The whole situation is crazy because it sounds like the case was dropped after an attorney representing the alleged victims was caught trying to extort money from Baker in return for an altered testimony.
It’s also said that the alleged victims and witnesses became completely uncooperative after the latest development so they had no choice but to drop the charges.
This is a tough one to take for the Giants because they traded back into the first round to take him in the 2019 draft so players like that usually get every chance to prove themselves, but there’s to be no return for Baker as he heads to Kansas instead.
On paper it sounds like a tremendous pickup for the Chiefs because they’re getting a first round talent for nothing, but he wasn’t exactly impressive.
He did manage to defend eight passes but he gave up plenty of big plays with no interceptions, so he’s clearly still developing as a player so expectations should be kept to a minimum for now.
It will be interesting to see how he copes with the pressure and the attention after going through what he has in recent months, but his priority now just needs to be making the 53 man roster in Kansas.