When the Green Bay Packers drafted safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in the first round in 2014, the team and their fans alike figured they’d have an anchor in their secondary for years to come. They thought they had found their replacement for Charles Woodson and even have Clinton-Dix number 21.
Five years later, with Clinton-Dix playing out his option year on his rookie contract, it seems the Packers and the former Alabama standout are headed for a divorce.
It’s not that Clinton-Dix didn’t show any ability in five years. He made the Pro Football Writers of America’s All-Rookie team in 2014 and was named to his first Pro Bowl in 2016. The makings were there for a great player.
Instead everything seems to have come apart. Clinton-Dix was awful in 2017 as he was constantly out of position during plays. He also publicly declared there was a lack of accountability on defense. Dom Capers was shown the door at the end of last season and head coach Mike McCarthy brought in Mike Pettine to rebuild the unit.
Five games into 2018 and it’s still much of the same for Clinton-Dix. While he has made a few plays, he is still out of position far too often.
Now word comes out he thinks this is his last season in Green Bay, calling the 2018 season the “biggest interview of my career.”
If he doesn’t expect to be back in Green Bay next season, you can rest assured general manager Brian Gutekunst likely feels the same way.
You can read more on the likely impending departure of Clinton-Dix and more in today’s cheese curds.
Despite being tied for the league lead in interceptions with three, Clinton-Dix seems confident he will be in a different uniform next year. Players with that mindset usually find a way to make it happen, barring going on an absolute tear.
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With October 10th being World Mental Health Day, this is very brave of Packers beat writer Ryan Wood to share his and his wife’s struggles with mental health. It’s OK not to be OK, and we must do more to combat the stigma associated with mental health.