After losing their four-year starting safety to the Packers, the Bears are apparently interested in a player with Green Bay connections:
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 13, 2019
That *IS* interesting!
NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reports the Bears are hosting free agent safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix on a two-day visit. Clinton-Dix, who was traded from Green Bay to Washington at the trade deadline, could still end up back in our nation’s capital because there is some interest in extending his stay and teaming him with Landon Collins in their secondary. Then again, the Bears could see Clinton-Dix as a fit to play alongside Eddie Jackson – who also played his college ball Alabama.
Clinton-Dix played 80 games over four-and-a-half years with the Packers, starting in all but six games during his time in Green Bay. Despite his production, Clinton-Dix didn’t feel like he was long for the Packers when discussing his future in mid-October. It turned out that his instincts served him well as he was moved at the trade deadline. At the time he was traded, Clinton-Dix wasn’t just the Packers’ highest-graded safety, but Pro Football Focus had him as the third highest-graded safety in football. Clinton-Dix finished the year as PFF’s 17th highest-graded safety with a career-best 79.3 grade.
I don’t know if a multi-day visit means anything more than a one-day visit would. But I do know the Bears have a need at safety and could use a veteran presence to soften the blow of losing a four-year starter at the position. And with the Bears freeing up as much as $20 million in cap space, there could be room in the team’s budget for Clinton-Dix.