The Kansas City Chiefs have a stacked roster, forcing them to cut ties with a former first-round pick, Deandre Baker.

Baker was part of the secondary unit of the Chiefs but with the addition of several names, Baker had to be let go, ESPN reported.

The 24-year-old cornerback was the 30th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft by the New York Giants. That season, he registered 61 combined tackles and eight passes defended in his rookie season.

However, Baker ran into some trouble outside the field and this altered the course of his NFL career. He was charged with armed robbery in May 2020 but the charges were eventually dropped.

Although he was cleared of that issue, the former Georgia Bulldog was released by the Giants and ended up on the Commissioner’s Exempt List. The Chiefs took him in in November 2020 and stayed there for the past two seasons.

In two seasons with the Chiefs, Baker played in 10 regular-season games with two starts and recorded 21 combined tackles, one sack and two passes defended.

His exit was understandable considering the moves made by the Chiefs in the offseason. That included drafting Trent McDuffie, Joshua Williams and Jaylen Watson. Aside from those names, Kansas City also traded for Lonnie Johnson from the Houston Texans.

Given his talent, it is likely that Baker will get picked up by some other NFL team in the coming weeks.

As for the Chiefs, it will be interesting if they can improve this coming NFL season. They are the sixth-worst in defense in terms of yards allowed per game last season. They allowed just 21.4 points per game, ranked 8th in the league.

With the new faces, the Chiefs are expected to do better – especially if they intend to retain the division title, CBS Sports reported.

Daniel Sorensen #49 and DeAndre Baker #30 of the Kansas City Chiefs
Daniel Sorensen #49 and DeAndre Baker #30 of the Kansas City Chiefs Getty Images | Mitchell Leff

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