Published: Thu, November 01, 2018
Sport | By Matt Richards

Packers trade Pro Bowler Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to the Redskins

Packers trade Pro Bowler Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to the Redskins

In final year of his contract with agreement on an extension nowhere in sight, Green Bay Packers safety Ha-Ha Clinton Dix was on the trade block. The move comes just days after there were several rumors swirling around that Clinton-Dix was available right before the 2018 trade deadline.

In 2016, Clinton-Dix was named a Pro Bowler when he posted career-highs with five interceptions and seven pass defelections along with a forced fumble. But knowing they had no intention to bring him back in free agency next spring, even with last offseason's diminished safety market in mind, Green Bay was left to try to get something of value for the 2014 first-round pick.

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There's also another huge factor to consider.

The Green Bay Packers had traded safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix for what is being reported by Adam Schefter of ESPN as a fourth round pick. Gutekunst will have a plan. The former 1st-round pick is slated to become a free agent at the end of the season and had made comments indicating he did not expect to be back with the Packers in 2019.

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Instead of gambling with those factors, Gutekunst took the sure thing - an unconditional fourth-round pick in next year's draft. He has already been aggressive in reshaping the Packers roster since taking over for Ted Thompson in January.

Again, all it would take is a big signing or two to cancel out Clinton-Dix's departure. Last year's starters, Clinton-Dix and Morgan Burnett, and now both no longer on the team. GM Brian Gutekunst sent Ty Montgomery packing to Baltimore for a 7th-round pick in 2020. He's also Pro Football Focus' (subscription required) third-ranked safety on the season with a grade of 87.7.

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Wolf, a 6-foot-6, 252-pound rookie, was originally signed by the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Tennessee on May 11 and was released on September 1.

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