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Report: DeAndre Baker may have been involved in payoff of alleged victims

Warrant details payoffs at office of Quinton Dunbar’s attorney

An explosive report in the Daily News includes allegations that, if true, would deepen the legal holes that New York Giants cornerback Deandre Baker and Seattle Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar are in after they were charged in a May 13 armed robbery in Miramar, Fla.

The report, citing a warrant obtained by the Daily News from the Broward County (Fla.) Clerk of Courts, alleges a payoff of alleged victims to get them to change statements and a subsequent cover-up.

From the Daily News:

The warrant cites evidence collected through previous warrants, which includes video footage and direct messages that allegedly show witness Dominic Johnson oversaw the payoff of Baker’s and Dunbar’s four alleged victims on May 15 at the office of Dunbar’s attorney, Michael Grieco.

“I made them same n----s that said they got robbed come in and say them Boys ain’t have nothing to Do with it,” Johnson allegedly wrote on May 16 in a series of incriminating direct messages on his Instagram account, @powerballnick_305. ...

Baker’s attorney, Bradford Cohen, recently claimed to have testimony from two witnesses that they never saw the Giants corner pull a gun or rob anyone.

The Daily News also reported that “Detective Mark Moretti of the Miramar Police Department, who submitted the warrant reviewed by Judge Marina Garcia Wood, also reveals alarming direct messages between Baker and Johnson on Instagram that implicate Baker in the payoff.”

Lawyers for Baker and Dunbar have repeatedly claimed innocence on behalf of their clients, and expressed the belief that charges against them would be dropped.

Leonard also reported that a team source told him “they would not expect DeAndre Baker to remain on the Giants roster much longer.”

Bleeding Green Nation

Eagles penalize DeSean Jackson for conduct detrimental to the team

[T]he Eagles decided to fine Jackson (it’s unclear exactly how much) for his misstep, but apparently they will not be releasing or suspending him.

For now, at least.

The Eagles’ statement does not entirely rule out further discipline and does mandate that Jackson must back up his apologies with meaningful action.

On that front, Jackson reportedly met with “a group against anti-Semitism” on Thursday and with a 94-year-old Holocaust survivor on Friday. New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, who is Jewish, said Jackson and he are planning to use their experiences to educate one another.

Blogging the Boys

Amari Cooper joins Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott in ESPN’s positional top-10 rankings

This week alone, we have seen Dak Prescott ranked as the ninth best quarterback in football and Ezekiel Elliott ranked as one of the three best running backs in the league. Today, Jeremy Fowler released the top-10 list for wide receivers.

Dallas, like QB and RB, saw a player land in the top-10 of the latest set of rankings. While CBS Sports was a bit higher on Amari Cooper, the former Alabama product ranks among the best at the position across the league, per the decision makers that were spoken to by ESPN.

While some disagree on where Amari Cooper ranks in the top-10 of NFL receivers, it appears that the consensus is that he is certainly one of the most talented at, arguably, the deepest position in the league right now. Cooper’s ability to create separation and be a reliable option for Prescott is proven and is one reason why so many are excited about the Cowboys’ passing attack.

Between Prescott (ninth), Elliott (third), and Cooper (10th) all ranking inside the top-10 of their respective positions, Mike McCarthy and Kellen Moore have a ton of firepower to work with. McCarthy has the opportunity to prove that he is the one capable of translating the talent into more wins.

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Giants’ Nate Solder makes statement on NFL’s plan to return

Veteran tackle hints at the possibility of no football in 2020

New York Giants offensive tackle Nate Solder took to Twitter Friday afternoon to voice his displeasure with the NFL’s safety plan for 2020. The NFLPA rep made a statement saying if proper measures aren’t taken, then the players won’t play.

Solder isn’t the only player to vocalize a disappointment with the NFL not properly preparing for the season. NFLPA president JC Tretter was another notable player to speak on the issue.

With multiple player reps from the NFLPA publicly stating issues with the upcoming season, there is an increasing chance of a possible stalemate between the league and the players.