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Chris Baker
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Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1979-11-18) November 18, 1979 (age 40)
Place of birth: Queens, New York
Career information
College: Michigan State
NFL Draft: 2002 / Round: 3 / Pick: 88
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* New York Jets ( 2002 2008)
Career highlights and awards
* Second-team All-Big Ten (1999)
Receptions     168
Receiving yards     1,763
Receiving touchdowns     15
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Christopher T. Baker (born November 18, 1979) is a former American football tight end. He was drafted by the New York Jets in the third round of the 2002 NFL Draft. He played college football at Michigan State.

College careerEdit

He played college football at Michigan State from 1998-2001. He finished with 133 catches for 1,705 yards and 13 TD[1] including a career best season as a Senior with 40 catches for 548 yards and 4 TD.

College statisticsEdit

Receiving
Year Team GP Rec Yards TDs
1998 Michigan State 11 22 305 3
1999 Michigan State 12 38 391 4
2000 Michigan State 11 33 461 2
2001 Michigan State 12 40 548 4
College Totals 46 133 1,705 13

Source:[2]

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measureables
Ht WtArm lengthHand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 4 in 258 lb3112 in914 in 4.87 s 1.71 s 2.82 s 4.22 s 6.95 s 35 in 9 ft 4 in 18 reps

New York JetsEdit

Baker was drafted by the New York Jets in the third round (88th overall) of the 2002 NFL draft. During the 2005 season, he served as the starting tight end until becoming injured and placed on the injured reserve list. Baker had a breakout season in 2006, setting career bests in receiving yards, receptions, touchdowns and starts, as the Jets finished 10-6 earning the fifth wild card spot. After a career year in 2007, Chris said the Jets promised him a new contract and lied.[3]

Baker felt disrespected with the Jets decision to use their first-round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft on Dustin Keller and their acquisition of free agent Bubba Franks, which pushed Baker to third on the depth chart and made him the least paid Jets tight end, despite his productive past two seasons.[4][5] The Jets finally extended Baker with a three-year, $12.2 million contract extension through 2012, but it came with an out-clause stating the Jets would owe him nothing if he cut from the team before March 5, 2009.[6]

On February 20, 2009, Baker was released by the Jets.[7]

New England PatriotsEdit

Baker signed a five-year contract with the New England Patriots on February 27, 2009, stating that the Patriots were the first and only team he considered signing with.[8] On September 27, 2009, Baker caught Tom Brady's 200th career touchdown pass in the fourth quarter of the Patriots and Falcons game.[9]

Baker was released by the Patriots on March 4, 2010, in a cost-cutting move.[10]

Seattle SeahawksEdit

On March 13, 2010, Baker signed a contract with the Seattle Seahawks.[11] to serve mainly as a blocker. On January 4, 2011, the Seahawks placed Baker on IR, just four days before their Wildcard playoff game. He caught nine passes for 116 yards and a touchdown through the season.

Personal lifeEdit

In May 2009 Chris married his girlfriend, Yadira Taveras, in Long Island, New York. Together, they have a son, Chris Jr, and daughter Tamia. They reside near Boca Raton, Florida.

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 5, 2016. https://web.archive.org/web/20160305003207/http://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/players/chris-baker-2.html. Retrieved January 19, 2014.
  2. "Chris Baker College Stats | College Football at". Sports-reference.com. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/players/chris-baker-2.html. Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  3. Baker upset over contract situation as Jets draft another tight end Script error ESPN.com, April 28, 2008
  4. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. https://web.archive.org/web/20160303221700/http://nyjetscap.com/chrisbakercontract.html. Retrieved August 7, 2011.
  5. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 22, 2008. https://web.archive.org/web/20080922124209/http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/jets/2008/05/01/2008-05-01_chris_baker_no_closer_as_jets_bring_in_d.html. Retrieved August 7, 2011.
  6. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 3, 2011. https://web.archive.org/web/20110803095847/http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/jets/2008/09/10/2008-09-10_chris_bakers_longawaited_deal_with_gang_-2.html. Retrieved August 7, 2011.
  7. Jets Release Tight End Baker Script error SI.com, February 20, 2009
  8. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 10, 2009. https://web.archive.org/web/20090310011125/http://www.projo.com/patriots/content/projo_20090303_patriots_chris_baker.21c1c8de.html. Retrieved August 7, 2011.
  9. Ex-Jet Baker Happy to Join Rival[dead link] Yahoo Sports, March 3, 2009
  10. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 5, 2016. https://web.archive.org/web/20160305083555/http://bleacherreport.com/articles/357203-new-england-patriots-chris-baker-is-out-is-greg-olsen-in. Retrieved August 7, 2011.
  11. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 28, 2012. https://web.archive.org/web/20120928093502/http://aol.sportingnews.com/nfl/story/2010-03-13/seattle-agrees-terms-te-chris-baker. Retrieved August 7, 2011.

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