Green Bay Packers: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix trade leaves hole at safety

I don't think it's hyperbolic to say that Haha Clinton-Dix is the best safety the Redskins have had since the late great Sean Taylor, and he will now get to terrorize the Eagles twice a year for the foreseeable future.

The Green Bay Packers also traded Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to the Redskins for a 4th round draft pick, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

He has 14 interceptions, including three this season for Green Bay (3-3-1), which is in third place in the NFC North and also traded away running back Ty Montgomery on Tuesday to Baltimore.

Clinton Dix will be a free agent after the season as the Packers picked up his fifth-year option in May. But those mid-round picks are at best a coin flip to stick, let alone be a notable contributor, and the Packers unloaded a safety who is moving toward consideration for a second Pro Bowl selection in three seasons.

Washington has started D.J. Swearinger (four interceptions this season) and Montae Nicholson at safety for all seven games this season.

Clinton-Dix's departure leaves a huge hole at the safety position, further additions notwithstanding. Gutekunst guaranteed compensation for a player he didn't want, moved up that compensation one year and cleared cap space, assisting in his effort to reload the roster and clearing the way for another aggressive approach to free agency next year. In fact, the Redskins worked out Wilcox just a day before trading for Clinton-Dix. Williams played some snaps at safety last week against the Rams and during his time with Mike Pettine when both were with the Cleveland Browns.

He was in a contract year and had speculated earlier in the year that he was likely not going to be in Green Bay in 2019. Although Clinton-Dix wasn't a superstar for the Packers defense, his presence will surely be missed as a playmaker and reliable stalwart.

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