Chris Baker was signed by the Patriots as a free agent on March 2, 2009 ... Originally drafted by the New York Jets in the third round (88th overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft ... Placed on injured reserve with a leg injury (11/8/05) ... Released by the Jets (2/20/09).
GP/GS (Playoffs): 115/57 (6/2)
- Baker joins the Patriots in 2009 as a veteran of seven NFL seasons, all with the New York Jets (2002-2008), and played in 99 career games with 50 starts and has recorded 145 receptions for 1,505 yards (10.4 avg.) and 12 touchdowns.
- Baker recorded a reception in 26 consecutive games for the Jets spanning the 2006 and 2007 seasons.
- Baker matched or improved his receptions and yards totals in each of his first six seasons with the Jets.
- Baker recorded career highs in 2007 with 41 catches for 409 yards (10.0 avg.) in 15 starts.
- Baker started 14 games in 2006, tallying 31 receptions for 300 yards and four touchdowns. He added five receptions for 68 yards in a Wild Card Playoff loss to the Patriots.
- Baker played in all 16 games in 2004, catching 18 balls for 182 yards (10.1 avg.) and four touchdowns and adding four receptions for 15 yards (3.8 avg.) in two playoff games.
- Baker appeared in all 16 games in 2003, catching 14 passes for 137 yards (9.8 avg.).
- As a rookie in 2002, he played in 12 games, catching two passes for 14 yards and adding three receptions for 26 yards in two playoff games.
2009 (16/7/0/0): Played in his 100th career NFL game, while making his Patriots debut versus the Buffalo Bills (9/14).
Buffalo (9/14): Made his Patriots debut, making the start at tight end in his 100th career game against the Bills ... Grabbed one reception for seven yards. at N.Y. Jets (9/20): Started at tight end and tallied one reception versus the Jets. Atlanta (9/27): Started at tight end as the Patriots opened in a two tight end set ... Hauled in his first touchdown reception in a Patriots uniform on a 36-yard touchdown pass down the sideline from Tom Brady in the fourth quarter to give the Patriots their final margin of victory, his first touchdown reception since Nov. 11, 2007 ... Grabbed two receptions for 42 yards and one touchdown. Baltimore (10/4): Started at tight end in the Patriots' 27-21 victory over the Ravens. at Denver (10/11): Started at tight end as the Patriots opened in a two tight end set. Tennessee (10/18): Played in reserve at tight end as the Patriots set team records for most points and total net yards in a game (619) in a 59-0 victory over the Titans ... Tallied one catch for two yards. at Tampa Bay (10/25): Started at tight end in the Patriots' 35-7 win over the Buccaneers at Wembley Stadium ... Tallied a season-high three catches for 26 yards. Miami (11/8): Played in reserve at tight end in the Patriots’ 27-17 win. at Indianapolis (11/15): Played in reserve at tight end and grabbed two receptions for 13 yards. N.Y. Jets (11/22): Played in reserve at tight end in the Patriots' 31-14 win over the Jets. at New Orleans (11/30): Played in reserve at tight end at the Saints. at Miami (12/6): Started at tight end as the Patriots opened in a two tight end set ... Grabbed one reception for six yards. Carolina (12/13): Played in reserve at tight end in the Patriots' 20-10 win over the Panthers. at Buffalo (12/20): Saw action in reserve at tight end in the Patriots' 17-10 win over the Bills. Jacksonville (12/27): Played in reserve at tight end and hauled in his second touchdown pass of the season in the Patriots’ 35-7 win ... Made a leaping catch to haul in a 26-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady in the second quarter ... Tallied two catches for 32 yards. at Houston (1/3): Played in reserve at tight end, hauling in one catch for 13 yards.
2009 Postseason (1/1/0/0): Baltimore (1/10): Started at tight end against the Ravens, making one catch for two yards.
2008 (16/13 - N.Y. Jets): Appeared in all 16 games with 13 starts and finished with 21 receptions for 194 yards (9.2 avg.) ... Started in a two-tight end set at Miami (9/7) and made two receptions for 34 yards (17.0 avg.) ... Started in a two-tight end set at San Diego (9/22) and had three receptions for 26 yards (8.7 avg.) ... Started at tight end along with four wide receivers at Oakland (10/19) and led all receivers with a season-high five receptions for 42 yards (8.4 avg.) ... Started at tight end at New England (11/13) and collected three receptions for 11 yards (3.7 avg.) ... Started in a two-tight end set against Buffalo (12/14) and connected on one reception for 19 yards, setting up an 11- yard Jerricho Cotchery touchdown ... Made 50th career start at Seattle (12/21) in a two-tight end set and had a reception for 12 yards.
2007 (15/15 - N.Y. Jets): Appeared and started in 15 games, garnering new career highs with 41 receptions for 409 yards, adding three touchdowns ... Returned three kickoffs for 18 yards and played a key role on the kickoff return unit that sprung Leon Washington to three touchdown returns ... Had a three-yard touchdown reception from Kellen Clemens at Baltimore (9/16) in the fourth quarter that was the first scoring pass of Clemens' career ... Only reception vs. Miami (9/23) was a four-yard touchdown grab from Chad Pennington with two seconds remaining in the first half to extend the Jets lead to 21-13 ... Surpassed 1,000 career receiving yards at the N.Y. Giants (10/7) ... Recorded four catches for 34 yards and a touchdown against Pittsburgh (11/18)... The touchdown was the 12th of his career, and his seventh one-yarder, which established a new franchise record, surpassing Anthony Becht ... Hauled in his seasonlong reception at Dallas (11/22), a 22-yarder from Clemens ... Pulled in a career-high eight receptions (64 yards) at New England (12/16).
2006 (16/14, 1/1 - N.Y. Jets): Appeared in 16 games, starting 14, recording 31 receptions for 300 yards and four touchdowns, which tied his career high ... Returned two kicks for 14 yards ... Caught the go-ahead touchdown in the season opener at Tennessee (9/10), a 12-yarder from Chad Pennington, in the Jets season-opening, 23-16 victory ... At Buffalo (9/24), hooked up with Pennington on a one-yard touchdown pass late in the second quarter to give the Jets the lead for good, 14-10 ... Named Jets' Offensive Player of the Week vs. Miami (10/15) after tying his season-high with four receptions for 39 yards ... Hauled in a one-yard touchdown pass from Pennington at Green Bay (12/3) with nine seconds left in the first half, capping off a 31-point first half for the Jets in their 38-10 victory ... Tied his seasonhigh with four receptions for 33 yards at Minnesota (12/17) and recovered an onside kick late in the 26-13 victory ... Set new postseason highs with five receptions for 68 yards in a Wild Card game at New England (1/7), including a 26- yard reception ... Baker's 68 yards were the most by a Jets tight end in the postseason since Mickey Shuler had 116 yards vs. Buffalo in the 1981 Wild Card Playoff Game.
2005 (8/8 - N.Y. Jets): In eight starts, caught 18 passes for 269 yards, a career-best 14.9 yards per reception, and one touchdown, before a broken leg ended his season vs. San Diego (11/6) ... Saw action on special teams and had two kickoff returns for 11 yards ... Placed on injured reserve (11/8) ... In his first career start at Kansas City (9/11), registered a team-high seven receptions for a teamhigh 124 yards along with a 23-yard touchdown pass from Jay Fiedler in the last minute of the game ... Became the first Jets tight end to record a 100-yard receiving day since Johnny Mitchell (9-108) at New England on Dec. 10, 1995 ... Caught career-long 47-yard pass against San Diego (11/8) before a broken leg ended his season.
2004 (16/0, 2/0 - N.Y. Jets): Appeared in all 16 games and two postseason games playing behind Anthony Becht ... Recorded 18 receptions, four for touchdowns, for 182 yards (10.1 avg.) ... Recorded one tackle on special teams ... Caught a one-yard scoring pass at San Diego (9/19), the first regular-season touchdown of his career ... Hauled in three receptions for a season-high 33 yards against Buffalo (10/10) and added a one-yard touchdown catch ... Nabbed his third one-yard touchdown catch of the season in the third quarter of the Monday Night Football game against Miami (11/1) ... Recorded a season-long 23-yard reception at Buffalo (11/7) ... Caught an eight-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter of the regular season finale at St. Louis (1/2) ... Had four receptions in the two playoff games for 15 yards.
2003 (16/0 - N.Y. Jets): Appeared in all 16 games as a backup tight end to Anthony Becht, catching 14 passes for 137 yards ... Played on special teams, adding three tackles and two kickoff returns for six yards ... Caught his season-long 24-yarder on a fourth-and-one in the fourth quarter against the N.Y. Giants (11/2) ... Part of the kickoff return team that helped block for Jonathan Carter's 90-yard touchdown return at Indianapolis (11/16)
2002 (12/0 , 2/0 - N.Y. Jets): Played in 12 regular season games as a rookie tight end and special teams player ... Logged two receptions for 14 yards, plus one kickoff return for 15 yards during the regular season, and three receptions for 26 yards and a touchdown in the two playoff games ... Made his NFL debut on special teams against Kansas City (10/6) ... Recorded his first career reception, a 10-yarder in the fourth quarter of the Jets victory at San Diego (11/3) ... Scored his first NFL touchdown in his first postseason game against Indianapolis (1/4), a three-yard pass from Chad Pennington on his lone catch of the day in the 41-0 win in the AFC Wild Card game ... Tallied two receptions for 23 yards in the AFC Divisional Playoff loss at Oakland (1/12).
Made 47 consecutive starts at Michigan State and boasted a string of 24 consecutive games with at least one reception ... Played four seasons from 1998-2001 after redshirting in 1997 ... Set school career records for a tight end with 133 receptions for 1,705 yards (12.8 avg) and 13 touchdowns, topping the previous mark of 107 catches by Mark Brammer (1976-79) ... As a senior in 2001, finished third on the team with 40 catches for 548 yards for four touchdowns ... Caught 33 passes for 461 yards and two touchdowns in 2000 ... In 1999, finished second on the team in receptions (38) and third in receiving yards (391) and touchdown catches (4) ... In 1999 became MSU's most prolific passcatching tight end in the last two decades, improving upon Al Kimichik's numbers from 1981 when he averaged 3.55 receptions per game.
Chris Baker was born on Nov. 18, 1979 ... Attended Saline (Mich.) High School, where he was a Associated Press firstteam all-state selection in 1996 ... Selected to participate in the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association East-West All-Star Game in Spartan Stadium ... Had 40 receptions for 989 yards (24.7 avg.) and 11 touchdowns as a senior ... Also played basketball and twice led Saline's basketball team in scoring, averaging better than 14 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks in 1996-97 ... Helped the Hornets win back-to-back Southeastern Conference basketball titles as a junior and senior ... Also lettered in track, winning the league shot put title as a junior ... As voted by his teammates, he received the 2006 Jets' Ed Block Courage Award ... Started his own travel agency in 2006 ... Enjoys fishing and boating ... Handed out Dick's Sporting Goods Gift Cards to underprivileged 7th and 8th graders from Brooklyn, so they could buy holiday gifts for themselves and their families during the 2006 holiday season ... Majored in parks, recreation and tourism at Michigan State ... Son, Chris Jr. was born in January 2007.
- Chris is a certified travel agent, and has run an online travel website to share his expertise and offer package travel deals. He travels frequently and has toured extensively in the Caribbean and Europe.
- Chris was selected as the New York Jets' Ed Block Courage Award winner in 2006, rebounding from a 2005 season-ending leg injury to produce what were then career highs in all receiving categories.