BREAKING: Packers Trade Safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to Washington
The Packers have traded safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to the Washington Redskins, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Rumors have swirled for some time concerning mutual discontent between the Packers and their 2014 first round pick, who was due to become an unrestricted free agent after the season. The Packers will receive a fourth-round pick in exchange.
Clinton-Dix made the Pro Bowl in 2016, but his play has been on a somewhat steady decline since then. He’s made something of a return to form this season, but he’s still been inconsistent.
What this means for the Packers
Though Clinton-Dix was far from ideal, he was still probably the Packers’ best safety. The trade leaves the Packers in a weak position moving forward, and it’s likely someone like Tramon Williams or Bashaud Breeland will see time in Clinton-Dix’s deep safety spot.
This is also an indication of something we’ve discussed for some time: the Packers believe they’re closer to the start of a rebuild than the end. General manager Brian Gutekunst has taken several steps that position the Packers to contend in 2019 rather than 2018.
We’ll discuss this topic in further depth in this week’s episode of Blue 58, but at the very least, it’s been a busy deadline day for the Packers.