As if it was necessary, Bears-Packers games just became all the more interesting.
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix signed a one-year contract Thursday with the Chicago Bears for a reported $3.5 million and will face his former team, the Packers, twice in 2019. The person he is replacing, Adrian Amos, will be starting for the Packers in Clinton-Dix's old spot.
It’s basically a prove-it type of contract for Clinton-Dix and makes sense for the Bears because they’ll need the cash to sign safety Eddie Jackson to a contract extension after next season.
The incentive will be there for Clinton-Dix all year because he didn’t get the big long-term contract other free ae safeties like Landon Collins, Earl Thomas or even Amos got. And he’ll especially be out to prove a point against the Packers, who drafted him 21st overall in 2014 and then dealt him away just before the 2018 trading deadline for a fourth-round pick.
“I know he’s a play maker, that’s one thing he does,” new Bears slot cornerback Buster Skrine said. “It's going to be awesome to have him.”
Born as Ha'Sean but given the nickname by his grandmother, the new Bears safety played in Alabama’s secondary for one season with Jackson. At the time, Jackson was playing cornerback.
Clinton-Dix made all 14 of his career interceptions with the Packers before being dealt to Washington. With the Redskins, he made 66 tackles and three passes defensed but no interceptions in nine games. Washington wanted him back but found it difficult after also signing Collins.
So the Bears, who led the NFL with 27 interceptions last season, will have two new starters in a defense headed up by a new coordinator and with a new defensive backs coach.
It was the head coach who impressed all Bears free agents, including Clinton-Dix.
Clinton-Dix and Skrine ran into each other briefly at Halas Hall and shared the same sentiment.
"He feels the culture's good and we all just feel happy to come here and play together," Skrine said.