The Chicago Bears have made a big defensive free agent addition, adding former Pro Bowler Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. The safety agreed to a one year/$3.5 million deal with the Bears, replacing the recently vacated safety position in Chicago.
Clinton-Dix will be replacing Adrian Amos, who has found a new home in Green Bay. The 26-year-old Clinton-Dix will be familiar with the NFC North competition after his four and a half seasons playing for the Packers himself. Clinton-Dix played seven games for Green Bay last season, recording three interceptions and 27 tackles in his limited time. In his five year career, Clinton-Dix has recorded 456 tackles and 14 interceptions, earning the strong safety a Pro Bowl appearance in 2016.
At $3.5 million annually, the salary of Clinton-Dix is an affordable one for the Bears, representing a steal in this year’s safety free agency market. With safeties such as Tyrann Mathieu, Earl Thomas, and Landon Collins going for at least $10 million a year with longer deals, Chicago will feel that their contract with Clinton-Dix is good, low-risk business.
Clinton-Dix will join former Alabama safety Eddie Jackson in the secondary in Chicago, making a dynamic, athletic safety pairing. Clinton-Dix will offer a physical run-supporting safety to play with the rangy Jackson, adding to the league-best pass rush that the Bears have established. Expect Clinton-Dix to push this Bears defense to elite levels next season, making Chicago one of the teams to beat in the NFC.