Ha Ha Clinton-Dix says he turned down more lucrative offers to sign with Bears
The best defense in the NFL from 2018 may just have gotte even better, as strong safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix signed a one-year deal worth $3.5 million on Thursday.
The news came as a quite a shock to the other teams looking to sign the former Pro Bowl selection considering the relatively low price that Chicago had to shell out for his services.
Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune released an article documenting Clinton-Dix’s thought process as for why he decided to join the Bears.
The ‘Bama product mainly credited former collegiate teammate and fellow safety Eddie Jackson for convincing him to move to Chicago, as well as the fact that Jackson’s team was already built as a strong playoff contender to entice him even further.
When asked about possibly getting more monney from other teams this offseason, Clinton-Dix agreed that it was indeed the case. However, winning his first-ever Super Bowl was more important to him at this stage in his career.
“I was getting calls from other teams who wanted to sign me, and the money was more. But like I said, you see so many guys get to the end of their careers, their successful careers, and now they’re trying to chase a ring. I have the opportunity to do that in my prime.”
At 26 years old, Clinton-Dix is indeed at the prime point in his NFL career. Although he seemingly had a great chance to hoist the Lombardi Trophy during the majority of his career with the Green Bay Packers, the Aaron Rodgers-led franchise has failed to recapture its title-winning form from the 2010 season during Clinton-Dix’s tenure in Green Bay.
Clinton-Dix will be a worthy addition to an already stacked Bears defense indeed. The Florida native made his earned his lone Pro Bowl nod in 2016, snatching a career-high five interceptions. He’s had at least 75 tackles and three INTs in each of the last three seasons with the Packers and Washington Redskins.