DeAndre Baker and Quinton Dunbar are by Miramar (Florida) police and have yet to turn themselves in to answer the arrest warrants issued. According to the police report, Baker brandished a semi-automatic weapon as he stole cash and watches from partygoers at a cookout in Miramar, with the assistance of Dunbar, and then escaped in seemingly well-positioned and lavish getaway vehicles. The allegations take an even darker turn with witnesses stating that although the firearm was not discharged, there was an order given to shoot one of the attendees.
As it stands, the NFL joins the New York Giants and Seattle Seahawks in investigating the matter but also in withholding judgment and further comment while they and Miramar PD do so. Should either or both be indicted on the charges they'd face extensive prison time. If Baker is ultimately convicted of holding a semi-automatic weapon, for example, he'd be up against a mandatory 15-year minimum sentence on each of the four robbery charges -- barring a plea deal -- based upon Florida Law, per CBS Sports legal analyst Amy Dash.
It's a disturbing set of allegations that are unlikely to be sorted out quickly.
Dunbar, born and raised in Miami, is a former undrafted free agent who worked his way up with the Washington Redskins after having made a name for himself at the University of Florida as a wide receiver, and ultimately having been willing to convert to defensive back. It's quite likely the personal connection between he and Baker stems from the fact the latter is also a Miami native, and although they attended different high schools -- Booker T. Washington (Dunbar) and Miami Northwestern (Baker) -- their mutual ties in South Florida have seemingly led to a personal friendship. Miramar, the city where the alleged crimes took place, is about 20 miles from downtown Miami, where both grew up.
With news of the arrest warrants, two promising NFL careers are on hold, considering it's now possible Roger Goodell makes the move to place both on the commissioner's exempt list until the matters are resolved. If Baker isn't able to return to the field any time soon, if ever, it's a huge blow to a Giants team that decided to use a first-round pick in 2019 (No. 30 overall) to bring him aboard. The organization is in the midst of attempting to rebuild its porous secondary, and expected to start Baker -- alongside the newly-signed James Bradberry -- in a defensive scheme orchestrated by Patrick Graham that would set him up for better success going forward.
Adding Bradberry is now seemingly a wash if Baker misses time, because head coach Joe Judge would find himself back at square one regarding his depth at corner.
Things aren't much better on the Seahawks front when it comes to Dunbar, who hasn't yet played a snap for Pete Carroll. The 27-year-old spent his first five seasons with the Washington Redskins before being traded in 2020 in exchange for a fifth-round pick, in a move that appeared to be a win for Seattle -- considering their need at the cornerback position (much like the Giants) and the fact they had obtained a starter at a low cost. As it stands, it's the Redskins who came out on top, because the jury is out on if Dunbar will ever suit up in the Pacific Northwest. Dunbar started 25 games during his five seasons with Washington and made nine interceptions.
Dunbar is set to earn a base salary of $3.25 million from the Seahawks in 2020, and while Baker is still under his rookie deal, the fact he's a first-round pick grants him a higher salary than most others from his draft class. He's set to hit the Giants salary cap for $2.392 million this coming season, assuming he remains on their roster. That same tenuous air now hangs over the future of Dunbar in Seattle as well, where the team was looking forward to seeing the player who reeled in a career-best four interceptions in 2019.
For now, however, the future of both -- both on and off the field -- lie in the hands of the Florida justice system.