One of the few lingering questions about the Green Bay Packers’ offseason workouts will have a chance to resolve itself next week when the team reports for minicamp. That issue is the absence of safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix from practice through the voluntary Organized Team Activities phase of the process.
Jason Wilde of ESPN’s reporting confirms what Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said earlier this week, that Clinton-Dix’s absence has been due to a personal issue. Furthermore, Wilde indicates that Clinton-Dix will indeed be in attendance during next week’s minicamp, which is mandatory for all players unless excused by the team.
(The Packers have often allowed veterans with several years of experience to skip minicamp in the past.)
Clinton-Dix will be playing under a team option in 2018, as the Packers exercised that option for his fifth NFL season under the terms of the 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement. That deal comes with a base salary of just under $6 million, but no workout or roster bonuses are allowed under that provision, which means that Clinton-Dix did not forfeit any bonus money for skipping OTAs.
The Packers themselves do not appear concerned about Clinton-Dix’s absence, and his expected appearance next week is a reason why. Speculation about the nature of the personal issue that has kept him away will do no good at this point, so let’s wait to see what he has to say about it next week when he arrives for workouts.