Trade Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Already
It was reported that the Green Bay Packers have put safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix on the trade block, on Sunday.
We questioned why another team would be interested in Clinton-Dix. He’s not terrible (most of the time), but he’s not great either. More importantly, he’s in a contract year. So any team that made a trade for Clinton-Dix would want to lock him up to a long-term deal or they’d risk losing him in free agency after the season.
Interestingly, it appears there is a market for Clinton-Dix.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 29, 2018
If the Packers make a move, it will have to happen before Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET.
Clinton-Dix has been a malcontent this year. He stayed away from all non-mandatory offseason activities because he wanted a new contract. Earlier this season he said he didn’t expect to be in Green Bay next year.
It doesn’t appear the Packers necessarily want Clinton-Dix out of the lineup. As Rapoport mentions, he’s played every defensive snap this season. However, if they think he isn’t going to be back next year, they might as well get something better than a compensatory pick for him now.
Seattle, who lost Earl Thomas, seems like a logical destination. Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst made a trade with former colleague John Schneider earlier this year when he dealt backup quarterback Brett Hundley to the Seahawks.
Of course, you have to ask yourself, do I want to see this guy in a few weeks? The Packers play Seattle in three weeks. Personally, I would love to see Aaron Rodgers expose Clinton-Dix for the bum he is. I’d love to see Aaron Jones truck that fool, as well.
The other question you ask yourself is how do I replace Clinton-Dix? On Sunday, Clinton-Dix largely played deep. That would make him a free safety, even though he really isn’t one.
If the Packers move Clinton-Dix, they’re likely looking to one of their cornerbacks to fill the free safety role. After watching him get torched repeatedly against the Rams, maybe that guy is old man Tramon Williams. Free safety is where old cornerbacks go to end their career.
That move would give rookie Josh Jackson additional playing time at corner. Or maybe it’s Jackson at the back end. Or maybe Bashaud Breeland, who was a healthy inactive on Sunday, finally factors into the mix somehow.
Plenty of options. They’re all better than a malcontent. One that we’ve always considered vastly overrated.
Get rid of Clinton-Dix already and we’ll happily say good riddance.