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Giants waive DeAndre Baker following armed robbery charges

Giants move on from troubled 2019 first-round pick

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The New York Giants announced Tuesday morning that they have waived second-year cornerback DeAndre Baker.

Baker, 22, has been on the Commissioner’s Exempt List since July 27. Two weeks later, he was formally charged with four counts of robbery with a firearm stemming from an alleged May 13 incident at a house party in Miramar, Fla.

The Giants selected Baker 30th overall in the 2019 NFL Draft, moving up from No. 37 to do so. They also surrendered fourth- and fifth-round picks to select him.

The release is no surprise.

GM Dave Gettleman said last week that asking about Baker’s future with the team was “a fair question” and that “there’s timing that’s involved.”

Co-owner John Mara had called the allegations against Baker “a shock” and added that it was “embarrassing to the organization.”

Mara also indicated that the situation was “something that we’re going to have to deal with.”

Now they have.

The next step in this will likely be a fight over money. Baker’s four-year rookie deal was worth $10.525 million. The Giants still appear to owe Baker roughly $3.3 million in guaranteed salary. Can they recoup any of that money? We’ll see.

— More to come