Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is one of the last players to be moved ahead of the 2018 NFL trade deadline. The trade sends one of the NFL’s better young talents at the safety position to the Washington Redskins for a 2019 fourth-round pick. The trade saw the Green Bay Packers be sellers at the deadline while Washington moves to maintain control of the NFC East.
Ian Rapoport of The NFL Network broke the news 14 minutes before the 4 pm deadline.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 30, 2018
Tom Pelissero of NFL Network soon followed with a report on the details of the trade.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 30, 2018
Green Bay then confirmed the trade on their twitter page.
#Packers trade S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to Redskins & RB Ty Montgomery to Ravens for future draft choices
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) October 30, 2018
Clinton-Dix joins a Redskins team that is leading the NFC East and looking to distance themselves from the 4-4 Eagles, that also added talent to their team, and a sub .500 Cowboys team. His three interceptions and one forced fumble will be a welcomed addition to Washington’s secondary who currently features D.J. Swearinger at safety. Swearinger is well on his way to a career-year with four interceptions, two forced fumbles and 22 passes deflected through seven games. The pair should be a formidable force against any offense.
The University of Alabama product was drafted in 2014 with Green Bay’s first-round pick and made the 2016 pro bowl. He bid farewell to the Packer fans in a tweet.
Much love y’all ?
— Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (@haha_cd6) October 30, 2018
While the Redskins are making a move to close out the season strong, the Green Bay Packers are sending mixed signals on what their plan for the season is. They currently sit in 3rd place in a division that is up for grabs. With a record of 3-3-1, they are not far behind the first place 4-3 Bears and the 4-3-1 Vikings. There’s still more than half the season to be played and the Packers trade away a productive safety for future picks that don’t add anything to this hunt for the playoffs this year.
The Packers also traded running back Ty Montgomery earlier in the day for a seventh-round pick in 2020. It’s easy to understand why the Packers traded Montgomery. He refused to take a knee in the end zone, as instructed by the coaches, and then fumbled shortly after on the kickoff return with less than two minutes in the game and the Packers trailing by only two. For that, any punishment is justifiable. But for a Packers team that has often been accused of wasting quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ career, getting rid of Clinton-Dix while still in the mix for a playoff spot is somewhat baffling.