Eddie Jackson, Mitchell Trubisky played major role in Ha Ha Clinton-Dix signing with Bears
The Chicago Bears made a splash in free agency this offseason with the signing of safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. It appears safety Eddie Jackson and quarterback Mitchell Trubisky played a part in helping to recruit him.
The Bears boasted one of the best defenses in the league last season. According to Adam Jahns of The Athletic, Jackson admitted he and Trubisky helped convince him to sign with Chicago:
“Me and Mitch, we went in there and we told him. I told him this defense is like Bama, man. He was like, ‘I know. Ya’ll got some dogs.’ So when Mitch told him like, ‘We need you.’ It was a little sales pitch. … “
Jackson added that playing for head coach Matt Nagy was a major part of their sales pitch.
“We just told him about coach Nagy, man, the type of coach he is. He lets us have fun. He lets us be us and play with swag. He was already sold. He was already a fan of this team. So it was kind of easy.”
It is encouraging to see that Nagy has made quite the impression on his players so early in his tenure. He has helped lead quite the resurgence in Chicago over the last two years following drastic improvements on both sides of the ball. He now has his own players speaking on his behalf when it comes to other free agents.
Of course, it is safe to say Nagy is just as happy to have Clinton-Dix. He was initially selected by the Green Bay Packers in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Despite showing plenty of promise early in his career with the Packers, he was ultimately traded to the Washington Redskins last season in exchange for a fourth-round pick.
Chicago signed him to a one-year, prove-it deal for the 2019 campaign. They are hoping he can return to his All-Pro form in this talented Bears’ defense alongside Jackson in the secondary. The signing could very well pay huge dividends as they look to build on their success from last season.