Ha Ha Clinton-Dix unsure why it didn’t work out with Packers
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix was considered to be one of the top safeties available in free agency. Now that he has signed with the Chicago Bears on a one-year, $3.5 million deal, he’ll have the opportunity to thrive in one of the top defensive units in the NFL.
In his time four and half years with the Packer, he made 378 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 14 interceptions, 25 passes defended, and had three forced fumbles.
Despite the impressive statistics, Packers’ GM Brian Gutekunst mentioned in October the inconsistencies in Clinton-Dix’s play.
Here’s what Ha Ha Clinton-Dix had to say to Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune about his last season in Green Bay:
“I did everything right and I did what I was asked to do,” Clinton-Dix said. “I think they were just looking for change. My time was up. I watched so many guys come in and do all the right things and things just didn’t work out in Green Bay. So that’s what I had on my shoulders going into Year 5 there.”
Even with the inconsistencies in his play, he was widely considered to be the top playmaker on the Packers’ defense. After he was traded to the Redskins for a fourth-round pick, the Packers did not have a single safety on defense that recorded an interception on the season. Tramon Williams, Kentrell Brice, and Josh Jones were all liabilities in coverage.
Not too long ago, Clinton-Dix was arguably the top safety in the NFL. With him joining the Bears, their defense looks a whole lot scarier. A player of his caliber should not have left Green Bay’s building in the first place. The Packers needed a spark and Clinton-Dix should have been the long-term answer. Now he’ll want revenge on the Packers as he’ll be joining the enemy in 2019.
He had interest from other teams, including the Redskins, but turned them down to go to Chicago.