Giants cornerback Deandre Baker remains away team activities as he tries to navigate through his legal situation after being arrested on armed robbery charges in Florida last month.
Baker’s attorney, Patrick G. Patel, believes the charges will be dropped. Patel told Ralph Vacchiano of SNY that he thinks they could be dropped by the end of the week.
“I think we’ve got the case won, to be honest with you. I think it’s only a matter of time,” Patel said. “But it’s the kid’s life. This kid will get suspended and lose his job, and then the case gets dismissed and what have we done? So everybody’s taking a wait and see approach.”
Patel previously told Vacchiano the case against his client was “complete garbage” and that Baker was the victim of a “shakedown”.
The 22-year-old former first-round pick is out on bail and has been training in Florida.
“As soon this dismissal goes (through), he’s going to head back to Jersey and start practicing,” Patel said. “If it becomes a charge, then the NFL will suspend him. So the Giants are really just playing it cool right now, which is the right thing to do. Just do nothing until the state makes a decision on what they’re going to do.”
Vacchiano adds that even if charges are dropped, the NFL could still punish Baker for violating the NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy – and they are investigating the incident that led to his arrest.
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