Cornerback Deandre Baker is set to visit Kansas City Chiefs on Wednesday.
It seems as if the early rumors were indeed true. The Kansas City Chiefs were not only interested in free agent cornerback Deandre Baker, but the team has lined up a visit with him at Arrowhead Stadium. According to Paul Schwartz of the New York Post, Baker is set to arrive in K.C. on Wednesday.
Baker was cleared of all wrongdoing involving an arrested robbery charge earlier this year in what became a conspiracy in which his accusers were eventually charged with extortion. The New York Giants had already released Baker earlier this year after the initial allegations came to light and Baker had been placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt List.
Baker is now a free agent available to sign with any team despite the fact that he was the Giants first-round draft pick as recently as 2019. The University of Georgia product entered the draft as one of the most highly acclaimed cornerbacks available, but the Giants said they were not interested in having him re-sign even after the NFL reinstated him.
With the Chiefs, Baker will have the chance to play for a contender in a young secondary that lacks any high-level investments. That said, the Chiefs pass defense has been among the best in the NFL this year, ranking 6th in DVOA in pass defense. Baker could compete for a long-term starting role knowing that Bashaud Breeland is going to be a free agent after this season and Charvarius Ward is a restricted free agent.
Baker had 61 tackles and 8 passes defended in 15 starts for the Giants last season.