Giants cornerback Deandre Baker warms up prior to the start of...

Giants cornerback Deandre Baker warms up prior to the start of a preseason game against the Jets at MetLife Stadium on Aug. 8, 2019. Credit: Daniel De Mato

DeAndre Baker has been cleared of all charges by the state of Florida.

The former Giants cornerback who was facing four felony counts of armed robbery and assault with a weapon was granted a nolle prosequi, according to a statement from Paul Valcore, the assistant state attorney in Broward County. The announcement came after William Dean, an attorney representing three of the alleged victims, was arrested on Monday for extortion for soliciting a cash payout in exchange for three men altering their testimony in the case.

"The alleged victims and the known witnesses have become uncooperative and their credibility is inalterably tarnished," Valcore wrote.

The sheriff’s office told The Associated Press that Dean told Baker’s attorney, Bradford Cohen, that the three alleged victims he represented would stop cooperating with prosecutors or change their stories if they were paid $266,000 each. Investigators say Dean said his clients would "do anything you want, so long as the money is right."

Because of the ongoing joint criminal investigation, the Broward State Attorney’s Office and the Broward Sheriff’s Office had no further comment.

Baker’s attorneys have maintained that the entire situation was a shakedown from the beginning.

Cohen said he had never before had an attorney for an alleged victim approach him with an offer to have his clients stop cooperating with a criminal investigation in exchange for money. He also said he never believed Baker robbed the men, who all have felony records.

"The fact that they were trying to get my client to pay them off speaks for itself about what happened," Cohen said.

On Twitter, another of Baker’s attorneys, Patrick G. Patel, posted: "NFL here we come…Like I said all along [Baker] was the victim of extortion."

Baker, a free agent who was released by the Giants in September, is able to sign with any team. A reunion with the Giants is highly unlikely. In fact, Giants head coach Joe Judge literally shrugged regarding Baker’s sudden availability.

"We wish him the best of luck for his future," Judge said. "We made the decision we thought was best for our program."

University of Georgia coach Kirby Smart said on Monday that several other NFL teams had reached out to him with questions about Baker in recent weeks while the legal case against him began to crumble.

Baker may still be subject to discipline under the NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy, a league spokesman said on Monday. That may be less likely considering Seahawks safety Quinton Dunbar, who was at first alleged to have taken part in the same heist with Baker but was ultimately cleared of criminal charges in August, was not disciplined by the NFL.

While Baker’s playing career may begin again, thus ends the legal saga that began on May 13 when Baker was first charged and ultimately arrested for robbing three men of cash, watches and jewelry at a Mirimar, Fla., home. On Aug. 5, the state formally charged Baker with the four counts based on the testimony of the witnesses.

Baker, who was a first-round pick by the Giants in 2019 and slated to become their starting cornerback this season, was asked not to participate in the team’s offseason program during the spring and when they began training camp he was placed on the commissioner’s exempt list so he did not count against their roster size. On Sept. 8 the Giants released him.

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