Packers trade Clinton-Dix & Montgomery

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.

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.

The Redskins have made a major addition to their secondary by trading for Packers safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports.

Montgomery's trade comes two days after he lost a fumble on a kickoff return with two minutes left in regulation and the Packers trailing the Los Angeles Rams, 29-27.

For starters, it's obvious now the Packers had little to no interest in re-signing Clinton-Dix after this season.

Green Bay Packers running back Ty Montgomery has been traded to the Baltimore Ravens, and safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to the Washington Redskins. His contract expires after this season.

So right away, there's uncertainty about future compensation. Gutekunst will have a plan. 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. The Clinton-Dix trade presents a huge opportunity for Jones, whose logged just four defensive snaps all season, having playing a major role on special teams instead.

The safety position has been an issue this season. 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.

  • Stacy Allen