Is he definitely worth the bother?
This is a query new Giants head coach Joe Judge have to be wrestling with proper now concerning troubled second-year cornerback DeAndre Baker.
Sometime throughout the subsequent 17 days earlier than the Giants’ scheduled coaching camp report date of July 28, Judge goes to must make one of the vital vital selections he’s been confronted with within the six-plus months since he was employed to be the 19th head coach in franchise historical past.
That is, if he hasn’t made that decision already.
What to do with Baker, the troubled 22-year-old cornerback?
Does Judge give him one other probability, risking the distractions that absolutely will include him remaining with the group, to not point out the potential poor payoff if his efficiency on the sphere is as underwhelming in 2020 because it was in 2019?
Or does Judge, whose mantra this offseason has been based mostly on constructing a profitable tradition inside a locker room that has lacked it for too lengthy, merely transfer on from Baker and minimize bait?
General supervisor Dave Gettleman traded up to get Baker on the finish of the primary circular of final 12 months’s draft. Part of his fame is hooked up as to if or not Baker turns into a first-round-worthy participant. So, it’s probably the embattled GM would reasonably not admit to his mistake this quickly.
Conversely, Judge has no historical past with Baker, so if Baker is minimize earlier than camp, maybe that’s a sign of the facility the brand new coach could have over Gettleman with possession.
Baker’s identify surfaced within the information once more this weekend — once more for all of the flawed causes, which is to say non-football causes.
Baker has adopted his dubiously poor rookie season on the sphere with a good worse offseason off it, based mostly on the 4 counts of armed theft with a firearm and 4 counts of aggravated assault he was charged with stemming from an alleged May 13 house-party incident in Miramar, Fla.
For months, Patrick Patel, one of many attorneys representing Baker, has been adamant in feedback to The Post’s Paul Schwartz that the case in opposition to his consumer is so weak it’s more likely to be thrown out of courtroom.
Yet on Friday, a report surfaced that Baker had Instagram direct-message exchanges with a person named Dominic Johnson, indicating he and Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar paid off 4 witnesses a complete of $55,000 to maintain them quiet.
If that is confirmed to be true, Judge could not have a decision to make in any respect on Baker.
Baker was advised by the Giants in May to avoid their digital offseason program and deal with his authorized points in Florida within the aftermath of his incident.
Maybe it’s finest for him to avoid coaching camp, too, till (if?) he’s capable of clear his identify.