Is he well worth the hassle?
This is a issue new Giants head mentor Joe Choose have to be wrestling with right now about troubled 2nd-yr cornerback DeAndre Baker.
Sometime throughout the subsequent 17 times ahead of the Giants’ scheduled education camp report date of July 28, Judge is heading to have to make a person of the most major decisions he’s been confronted with in the six-furthermore months considering the fact that he was hired to be the 19th head coach in franchise historical past.
That is, if he has not made that decision currently.
What to do with Baker, the troubled 22-calendar year-aged cornerback?
Does Decide give him one more likelihood, risking the distractions that definitely will occur with him remaining with the staff, not to mention the likely poor payoff if his general performance on the industry is as underwhelming in 2020 as it was in 2019?
Or does Judge, whose mantra this offseason has been primarily based on building a winning tradition within a locker space that has lacked it for also extensive, merely move on from Baker and cut bait?
Normal supervisor Dave Gettleman traded up to get Baker at the end of the to start with spherical of previous year’s draft. Component of his standing is attached to whether or not Baker will become a to start with-round-worthy player. So, it’s most likely the embattled GM would fairly not acknowledge to his oversight this soon.
Conversely, Judge has no history with Baker, so if Baker is slash ahead of camp, maybe that’s an sign of the ability the new mentor could have about Gettleman with ownership.
Baker’s identify surfaced in the news once more this weekend — again for all the erroneous factors, which is to say non-football causes.
Baker has adopted his dubiously inadequate rookie year on the area with an even even worse offseason off it, based mostly on the four counts of armed robbery with a firearm and four counts of aggravated assault he was charged with stemming from an alleged May 13 home-occasion incident in Miramar, Fla.
For months, Patrick Patel, one of the attorneys symbolizing Baker, has been adamant in responses to The Post’s Paul Schwartz that the circumstance in opposition to his shopper is so weak it is probable to be thrown out of court.
But on Friday, a report surfaced that Baker had Instagram direct-information exchanges with a man named Dominic Johnson, indicating he and Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar paid out off four witnesses a total of $55,000 to hold them tranquil.
If this is proven to be legitimate, Decide may possibly not have a choice to make at all on Baker.
Baker was instructed by the Giants in May possibly to keep absent from their virtual offseason program and focus on his authorized challenges in Florida in the aftermath of his incident.
Maybe it is most effective for him to remain away from training camp, far too, right until (if?) he’s in a position to apparent his name.