The Green Bay Packers did something they’ve never done before, today. They picked up a first-round draft pick’s fifth-year option. That honor goes to safety and 2014 first-round pick Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.
The #Packers have exercised safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix’s fifth-year option, source said. Another no-brainer.
This move comes as no surprise. Despite his occasional lackadaisical play, the Packers like Clinton-Dix. In 2016, he made his first Pro Bowl and was a second-team All Pro. Clinton-Dix was credited with 80 tackles, one forced fumble and five interceptions during the campaign.
The fifth-year option for first-round picks came into play when the last collective bargaining agreement was signed in 2011.
The Packers have declined the fifth-year option on all of their first rounders, until now. That list is made up of Derek Sherrod, Nick Perry and Datone Jones.
Sherrod’s career was derailed by injuries, Perry earned himself a substantial deal after playing on a one-year contract in his fifth year and Jones went and signed with the Vikings.
Had the Packers declined Clinton-Dix’s option — something that was probably never even a possibility — they would have gone into the 2017 season with two starting safeties playing out the final year of their deals. Morgan Burnett is currently in the final year of his contract.
That’s likely one reason they added safety Josh Jones in the second round of the draft.