Packers trade Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to Washington for draft pick

Ha Ha Clinton Dix watches Sean Taylor highlights to hype himself up pre-game			USA Today Sports

Ha Ha Clinton Dix watches Sean Taylor highlights to hype himself up pre-game USA Today Sports

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, they have now traded starting safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to the Washington Redskins.

Just ahead of the deadline, the Packers indeed made a deal involving their starting free safety.

Clinton-Dix wore Taylor's jersey number 21 in Green Bay, and says he'll wear number 20 for the Redskins, who took Taylor's number out of circulation after his death in 2007. After grabbing the football when tight end Jordan Reed went one way and quarterback Alex Smith threw another in the second quarter, Clinton-Dix ended up by the Redskins sideline, where he slapped palms with Swearinger.

And granted, it's not like the Redskins stole Clinton-Dix out from under the Eagles, as there's no evidence the team even inquired about his services, but for the low, low price of a fourth-round pick, I would much rather see the 26-year-old Pro Bowler suit up in midnight green as opposed to red and yellow moving forward.

Tom Pelissero of NFL Network added that the Packers are receiving a 2019 fourth-round pick from Washington. Depending on value of the contract and play in the first season, the pick could have ranged from the third round to the seventh round. Departures of unrestricted free agents are weighed against signings of unrestricted free agents. But without Clinton-Dix, a starter, the Packers are now left with Kentrell Brice, Jermaine Whitehead and Josh Jones.

Gutekunst said the Packers plan to be "active" in free agency next year.

The safety position has been an issue this season.

Maybe that will involve signing a free agent, or possibly moving a player now on the roster to safety.

One final note: The Packers cleared $3.5 million off the cap in 2018 by dealing Clinton-Dix and Ty Montgomery, pushing the team's cap space to about $10.5 million.

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