Packers send Ha-Ha Clinton Dix to Redskins

Florence Fletcher
November 1, 2018

His best season for was in 2016, when he was named to the Pro Bowl after intercepting five passes and forcing a fumble.

Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports that Washington will send back a fourth-round pick to Green Bay.

Just ahead of the deadline, the Packers indeed made a deal involving their starting free safety.

A first-round pick in 2014, Clinton-Dix started all 16 games for the Packers at safety in each of the past three seasons, and had started all seven games this season.

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According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Clinton-Dix is headed to the Washington Redskins. The former Pro Bowler might think he's worth a big, new contract, but Gutekunst and the Packers didn't agree. Even though I will be continuing my National Football League journey with the Washington Redskins, there will always be a special place in my heart for the Green Bay Packers.

So right away, there's uncertainty about future compensation. Departures of unrestricted free agents are weighed against signings of unrestricted free agents. Gutekunst will have a plan. Instead, general manager Brian Gutekunst willingly took a good player off a mediocre secondary and got no immediate help. He has already been aggressive in reshaping the Packers roster since taking over for Ted Thompson in January. He had indicated earlier this year he didn't anticipate returning to the team when he hits free agency in March 2019. Last year's starters, Clinton-Dix and Morgan Burnett, and now both no longer on the team.

The Packers are gambling with the safety position for the rest of the 2018 season, but there was sound reasoning behind dealing Clinton-Dix now.

That's some pretty incredible value for a fourth-round pick, especially when you consider that the Eagles' current starting free safety, Avonte Maddox, was also selected using a fourth-round pick.

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