By: Jay Patel
With the all the big money being thrown to all the top free agents, the Cowboys found a bargain in a solid safety. News broke last night that the Cowboys signed ex-Bears S Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix to a one-year, $4 million deal with $2.5 million guaranteed. This is one off-season after the Bears signed Clinton-Dix to a one-year, $3 million deal.
Clinton-Dix was one of the Bears most solid defensive players last season. He played and started in all 16 games, totaling 78 tackles, two fumble recoveries, two interceptions (one was returned for a TD), and deflected five passes. Paired with Eddie Jackson, Clinton-Dix formed an impressive duo with his former college teammate. Now, one off-season later, Clinton-Dix reunites with his former head coach in Mike McCarthy.
After a solid season, it’s tough not to see Clinton-Dix cashing in. He took a bargain deal once again. Over the course of his seven NFL seasons, Clinton-Dix has 522 tackles, 16 interceptions, and 5.5 sacks. He’s played for the Packers, Redskins, Bears, and now will be joining his fourth team. It’s a little shocking the Bears did not re-sign him for that price, but then again this entire Bears off-season has been unpredictable.
Thank You, Ha-Ha.
Shortly after losing Clinton-Dix, the Bears could’ve found an in-house replacement, re-signing S Deon Bush to a cheaper one-year, $1.4 million contract. Bush is one year younger than Clinton-Dix, and has spent all four of his NFL seasons as a Chicago Bear. Bush has been a key member of the special teams, but has also made eight starts in his four-year career. He will have a chance to earn the starting role alongside Eddie Jackson. This doesn’t mean the Bears won’t explore other options in the free agent or draft markets, but Bush knows the system, and has shown he can step up when needed.