The New York Giants aren’t bringing DeAndre Baker back after he was cleared of all charges in his legal case, and it looks like the former first round pick will end up in Kansas City. According to a report from Mike Garafolo, sources have reported Baker being close to signing with the Chiefs. This comes after Baker chose Kansas City as his only planned visit.
The #Chiefs are expected to sign former #Giants CB DeAndre Baker to their practice squad in the coming days, source says. The 2019 first-round pick is headed there for a visit, as @NYPost_Schwartz noted. That’s the only planned visit and, barring a snag, he’ll be a Chief.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) November 18, 2020
Obviously, the Chiefs are in a better position than the Giants right now so it’s interesting that they want a player that the Giants have moved on from. There’s a worry with some Giants fans that Baker will head to another team and immediately perform better, proving that the Giants as an organization can’t get the best out of their draft picks.
A situation that will be familiar to fans is the one with Eli Apple. The cornerback left New York after having problems on the field and, similar to Baker, having some attitude problems. However, Apple ended up having more success with the Saints after the Giants traded him.
When DeAndre Baker, another cornerback, was drafted by the Giants, fans were hoping for something other than another Eli Apple. But Baker didn’t get a chance for a second season before legal troubles kept him off the field. Now that he’s back in the league, the Giants have already made their decision on him. They’re not bringing him back, and fans will be left to watch with interest as Baker joins the one-loss Chiefs.
Baker may find success with them. Or he may not. But if he does, it won’t make the Giants’ front office look good for not getting the most out of Baker while he was there.