DeAndre Baker had a major victory Monday towards clearing his name and hopefully getting back to his once-promising NFL career.
DeAndre Baker may end up a free man after all.
The 23-year old is looking to return to football and resume normal daily life activities Monday, after the Broward County State Attorney’s Office dropped all pending charges against DeAndre.
Baker is now a free agent after being released by the New York Giants back in September. He is eligible to sign with any team once his status with the league Commissioner’s Exempt List is officially resolved.
It’s a huge development for Baker, who was facing a minimum of 10 years in prison if convicted of four counts of robbery with a firearm.
This entire legal saga has been filled with historic drama, suspect characters, and shady business deals that have dragged on for a ridiculous case over several months. To make matters worse, it completely changed Baker’s career.
Three of the four accusers against Baker saw their attorney, William Dean, get arrested Monday for an alleged extortion attempt. This comes off the news of last week where these same witnesses had recanted their previously-given statements about Baker. This was something suspected by Baker and his lawyers the entire time.
It remains to be seen how the league and Baker will handle his possible return to the National Football League. Baker struggled in his rookie year with the Giants, but still showed lots of potential and flashes over the last eight games of the season. He showed improvements and improved development as the season went on.
The man still has boats of potential coming in shortly after a 2018 All-American season at Georgia. Look for him to jet start his football career if and when this case is finally resolved.