The Washington Redskins bolstered their injury-plagued secondary by adding safety Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix in a trade that sent a fourth round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft back to the Green Bay Packers.
Clinton-Dix, 25, brings veteran leadership and superb athleticism to the Washington defensive backfield that is currently without CB Quinton Dunbar (nerve damage) and rookie 4th round pick Troy Apke.
Presumably, Clinton-Dix will slide into the free safety spot opposite strong safety D.J. Swearinger, who has been playing at an All Pro level this year and currently leads the NFL with four interceptions. That would mean Montae Nicholson, who is playing fairly well, but is not quite on the same level as Clinton-Dix, would become a reserve.
Clinton-Dix is 6’1″ and 208 pounds and runs a 4.5 in the 40 yard dash. He turns 26 in December.
Pro Football Focus named Clinton-Dix as their honorable mention in the safety category for their 2018 NFL First Quarter All-Pro Team.
He was named to the Pro Bowl in 2016. His performance took a dip in 2017, along with the rest of the Green Bay defense, but Clinton-Dix has bounced back nicely in 2018, with three interceptions, a sack, and a forced fumble through the first seven games.
Clinton-Dix has been a starter since being drafted 21st overall in the first round in 2014 and his addition brings yet another University of Alabama stud to the Redskins defense, joining starters like DL Jonathan Allen and DL DaRon Payne, both drafted in the first round the last two years, respectively.
Clinton-Dix is a reliable safety, missing only eight snaps in 2016 and once having a streak of 2033 straight defensive snaps on the field.
The move is a bit of a risk for the Redskins, as Clinton-Dix is in the last year of his rookie contract and will be an unrestricted free agent in 2019. The Redskins will either re-sign Clinton-Dix at a considerable cost or they will lose him and sacrifice a fourth round pick for the right to rent Clinton-Dix for nine games.
It is believed Clinton-Dix will want a contract worth about $8 million per year in 2019.
It is unknown if the Redskins’ move is in response to the Philadelphia Eagles trade for WR Golden Tate, but it is clear the top two teams in the NFC East are girding for battle against each other. The two teams will play each other on December 3 and again on December 30, likely with the division crown on the line.