The Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears are playing a safety dance this offseason. Two days after the Packers agreed to terms with former Bears safety Adrian Amos on a four-year contract, the Bears are picking up a former Packer safety: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.
The Packers traded Clinton-Dix to Washington during the middle of the 2018 season, adding a fourth-round draft pick in 2019 as a result. That pick turned out to be #118 overall in April’s draft. Given the one-year term on Clinton-Dix’s contract and the fact that the Packers made a big splash in free agency this week, it was unlikely that the Packers would have netted any compensatory picks in 2020 if they had kept him through the rest of the season. Therefore, in hindsight, GM Brian Gutekunst’s decision to deal him for a mid-round pick in the middle of a disappointing season now looks like a great move.
Meanwhile, the Bears get a safety who has had plenty of splash plays and turnovers but who is also prone to missed tackles and blown coverages. In a sense, Clinton-Dix is the opposite of Amos, as the latter has been lauded for his consistency and reliability in the back third of the defense.
With the NFL reportedly looking into a Packers-Bears rivalry game to open up the league’s 100th season on Thursday night in week one, fans may get to see Clinton-Dix suit up against his old team right away.