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Giants’ GM Dave Gettleman: We didn’t miss anything on DeAndre Baker

Says “nothing there” gave an indication of the trouble to come

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With Deandre Baker on the Commissioner’s Exempt List and fighting a slew of felony charges related to an alleged armed robbery, New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman Wednesday pushed back against the idea that he and his staff had missed warning signs.

The Giants, of course, traded up from No. 37 to No. 30 and selected third- and fourth-round picks to select Baker in the 2019 NFL Draft.

“Did we thoroughly investigate the DeAndre’s background? Absolutely,” Gettleman said during a Tuesday videoconference. “There’s nothing there that we didn’t know. There’s nothing there.

“There was nothing in DeAndre’s background that would suggest these things would happen. So it’s disappointing on a variety of levels. It’s disappointing and I guess what it teaches us all is nothing’s 100 percent except death and taxes. It’s disappointing. I’d be lying if I said anything less. It’s disappointing, but it’s life.”

Gettleman said the Giants are still having discussions about whether or not to part ways with Baker.

“All I can say to that: In life, there’s timing that’s involved,” Gettleman said. “In life, there’s timing. That’s how I’ll respond to that.”