From Kareem CopelandOctober 30th at 8:25 am
The Washington Redskins have traded a 2019 fourth choice for Green Bay Packers security Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, the team announced on Tuesday afternoon. The move strengthens a defense that is already one of the best in the NFL and reflects the team's willingness to make a fortune in return for improving playoff chances.
The Redskins, who lead the NFC East with a 5-2 record, had one of the best defenses in the league in 2018, but decided to add another talented player to his secondary ahead of the league at 4 pm. Deadline Tuesday. Clinton-Dix gives the Redskins together with D.J. one of the best safety stands in the league. Swearinger, who leads the NFL with four interceptions.
Clinton-Dix is in the final year of his rookie contract after the Packers have taken his five-year option for the 2018 season. He was the # 21 overall selection in 2014 from Alabama, and made the Pro Bowl in 2016, when he had five interception and 79 tackles. He has had more than 100 tackles in his first two seasons and has not missed a single game during his five-year career. In 2018, Clinton-Dix recorded 27 tackles, three interceptions, a sack and a forced fumble in 2018.
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He is expected to be an unrestricted free agent in 2019 and expects to be traded after he and the Packers were unable to agree to a long-term deal.
"Right now, I play every game as it is my last, I do not think I'll be here next year," Clinton-Dix told the Wisconsin State Journal earlier this month. "That's how I look at it, I just got it [have to] be honest with me. You have to play it game by game. Whether we lose 60 points, you have to go out there and perform. This is my biggest interview of my career. So I have to perform, no matter what the record says. "
The Pro Football Focus statistics website has rated Clinton-Dix (6-foot-1, 208-pound) third best safety this season, behind Seattle's Earl Thomas, who dies due to injury in the season, and his new team-mate Swearinger.
The addition will bring another former member of the Alabama football team to Washington. Defensive linemen Daron Payne and Jonathan Allen were the first two rounds picked up from the school the last two seasons. Linebackers Ryan Anderson and Shaun Dion Hamilton are also products of Alabama, along with offensive lineman Arie Kouandjio and wide receiver Cam Sims, both of whom are in injured reserve.
Clinton-Dix will likely replace runner-up Montae Nicholson in the starting XI. The Redskins were relatively vulnerable in the air this season and allowed 242 pass-yards per game – the best in the league. Her running defense was a greater strength as she allowed the second most yards per game in the NFL.
Washington was safe after rookie Troy Apke was placed in injured reserve with a thigh injury this week. This left Nicholson and Deshazor Everett as the only securities in regular rotation with Swearinger. During the offseason, team Su & # 39; a exchanged Cravens for the Broncos.
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Clinton-Dix expressed frustration over the Packers organization at the end of a 2017 season in which the team ended 7-9. He did not participate in organized team activities during the offseason, but was one of four packers who played every defensive against the Rams last week.
"We've gone through so many changes here that I think we've never had a chance to develop a team," Clinton-Dix told ESPN at the time. "It's business, but at the same time we're trying to build a championship team, and if you do not have the chemistry in the team, and you have so many different individuals coming into the locker room, t worth a [expletive]It is quite difficult. "
Packers coach Mike McCarthy said he understands the frustration at the time.
"Ha Ha is one of our core people," said McCarthy ESPN after the 2017 season. "He was in the Pro Bowl for a good reason … I love his passion, I love his commitment to the team, in my opinion [it was] Words of frustration. "
The Redskins were not the only NFC East teams to add a player before the Trade Deadline on Tuesday. The Philadelphia Eagles added Lions' wide receiver Golden Tate on Tuesday after the Dallas Cowboys added the big receiver Amari Cooper from the Raiders last week.
Redskins coach Jay Gruden was not optimistic about making a trade this week, but allowed injuries to play a factor.
"You never know, we'll wait," Gruden said on the NBC Sports Washington podcast. "I like the team we have, I really do not think we need any changes now."
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