There was an interesting report from Jay Glazer on Fox Sunday morning talking about guys who he believes to be on the trade block. One of those players was Green Bay Packers safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard rumors of this, but it’s definitely the most reputable report.
Even though Clinton-Dix hasn’t really lived up to expectations with the Packers, the report is still a bit surprising.
The first thing that is worth pointing is out is Clinton-Dix is in the final year of his contract. Unless someone really wants to extend a slightly above mediocre safety, it really makes no sense for a team to trade for Clinton-Dix.
From the Packers perspective, safety has been the weak spot of their defense. We have suggested they go find some reinforcements. Specifically, someone to replace Kentrell Brice, who has been awful all season. Brice consistently gets beat deep for huge gains.
Perhaps the Packers have a plan. Jermaine Whitehead has played well as a backup. Josh Jones is a former second-round pick. Cornerback Bashaud Breeland has been mentioned as a possible replacement at safety. What we do know is the first four guys we mentioned are all better suited to play strong safety and support the run. Breeland is the only one we’d trust to be an actual free safety.
Here’s something else we know. Clinton-Dix hasn’t endeared himself to the organization one bit this year. He skipped OTAs because he wanted a new contract. Earlier this season he spoke publicly about his future, saying he didn’t think he’d be in Green Bay next year.
Clearly, the current coaching staff doesn’t appear to be a big fan of Clinton-Dix. You can likely put new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine chief among those non-fans.
Finally, it appears there are some veteran pass rushers available for trade. That’s another area the Packers could use help with.
The trade deadline is October 30.