After losing a productive safety to a division rival, the Bears went out and snagged a veteran who knows the division well.
The Chicago Bears‘ dynamic defense lost a bit of its luster early on in 2019 free agency when general manager Ryan Pace elected to not retain slot corner Bryce Callahan and safety Adrian Amos signed with the division rival Packers. Chicago quickly filled the hole left by the departed Callahan with veteran Buster Skrine, most recently of the Jets. And, luckily for them, the free agent market was still ripe with options at safety even after stars like Landon Collins and Tyrann Mathieu signed mega-deals.
After waiting out the two days of the legal tampering period and the first day of the new league year, the Bears signed former Packers and Redskins safety HaHa Clinton-Dix to a one-year deal. Clinton-Dix fills the hole left by Amos, and does so with plenty of experience within the NFC North.
According to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, Clinton-Dix’s one-year deal is price $3.5 million.
This deal is phenomenal for each side. The Bears get a former Professional Bowl security for simply $3.5 million, whereas the departed Amos – a really related participant – simply signed a take care of a median annual worth of $9.25 million. Clinton-Dix, in the meantime, a second-tier security in a free agent class of first-tier safeties, will get a one-year deal to construct his worth with an elite protection earlier than hitting the open market in opposition to subsequent spring.
In response to Garafolo, Clinton-Dix had extra money on the desk elsewhere however turned it down so he might be a part of former his former Alabama teammate Eddie Jackson within the Bears secondary. Clinton-Dix and Jackson will now kind one of the vital formidable security duos within the NFL, taking part in behind a fearsome entrance seven that already contains Khalil Mack and Akiem Hicks.
Clinton-Dix spent the primary 4 and a half years of his profession in Inexperienced Bay earlier than being traded to Washington at the least season’s commerce deadline. His in depth expertise throughout the division might show invaluable in relation to figuring out opposing quarterbacks and coaches’ tendencies. Enjoying security in opposition to Aaron Rodgers in observe daily for over 4 years ought to actually assist, too.
Regardless of the favored opinion that Clinton-Dix’s play deteriorated after the commerce to the Redskins final 12 months, his Professional Soccer Focus grade of 79.Three was truly the perfect of his profession, and 17th-best amongst safeties within the NFL.