Why trading Ha Ha Clinton-Dix now was smart for Packers

For just a fourth-round pick, it remains somewhat unclear the motive behind dealing away Clinton-Dix.

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.

A first-round pick in 2014, Clinton-Dix started all 16 games for the Packers at safety in each of the past three seasons, and had started all seven games this season.

Less shocking but notable nonetheless, new GM Brian Gutekunst also agreed Tuesday to send to Washington maligned running back Ty Montgomery, whose selfishness might have cost the Packers their biggest potential win of the season Sunday in L.A., in exchange for a 2020 seventh-rounder.

The 2018 National Football League trade deadline continued along at a BRISK pace on Tuesday afternoon, with the Packers making their second move of the final two hours, shipping out former first-round pick Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to the Washington Redskins.

With the Packers, Clinton-Dix accumulated 419 tackles, 5+ sacks and 38 passes defensed.

So let's grade the trade for both sides. It's not like they're incredibly bad against the pass, allowing 242.3 yards per game (13th in the league), but they are allowing a 66.3 percent completion rate (22nd in the league). Sign one big free agent, and his arrival could cancel out the departure of Clinton-Dix, eliminating compensation of any kind for losing the veteran safety. That could really hurt, as they're right in the mix in the NFC North at 3-3-1 ahead of playing three of their next four games on the road against the New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks and Minnesota Vikings. Still only 25, Clinton-Dix is only two years removed from making not only the Pro Bowl but being named second-team All Pro. Still, it's hard to argue, unlike last week in the acquisition of Damon Harrison, that Detroit is a better football team after dealing Tate, one of its more risky and versatile players and also a leader.

Gutekunst: Obviously Ha Ha's a very good player.

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