Packers Morning Buzz: Differing views on Ha Ha Clinton-Dix deal with Bears
Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at PackersNews.com.
We'll start with former Packers safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix signing with the archrival Chicago Bears for one year at $3.5 million. Bears beat writer Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times notes that Clinton-Dix replaces Adrian Amos, who left Chicago to sign with Green Bay.
Finley writes that Clinton-Dix gets high marks from new Bears cornerback Buster Skrine:
“I know he’s a playmaker — that’s one thing he does,” Skrine said. “He’s got a lot of interceptions and he’s not scared to hit anybody. Having a guy like that, he came from Alabama, one of the best college systems in college football and then carrying it over to the NFL as a playmaker. It’s going to be awesome having him in the back end with me.”
You can read Finley's entire story here:
Mike Garafolo of NFL Network says Clinton-Dix could've gotten more money elsewhere. In Chicago, he'll be paired with fellow former Alabama safety Eddie Jackson:
Conor Orr of The MMQB gives the Bears' signing a B-plus:
Value wise, this was one of the better financial moves of free agency. Adrian Amos goes to Green Bay on a four-year deal worth $36 million and in return, Chicago signs Clinton-Dix to a one-year deal for $3.5 million. This puts a tremendous amount of pressure on Eddie Jackson to repeat a phenomenal 2018, but if he does, it seems he would be able to make up for any deficiencies Chicago sees in Clinton-Dix, as opposed to the cost of keeping Amos. I wasn’t totally down on Clinton-Dix in Washington last year the way some were, especially considering he was traded halfway through the season. He still has a great snap on the ball from that deep centerfield spot and controls his section of the field with authority. New England has been successful for so many years because of its ability to find suitable replacements with fewer strings attached financially, and this is a classic example of upgrading your team’s veteran middle class without extending yourself.
Here's one way to look at it for Packers fans:
And another perspective:
And finally, the view from Chicago, first from Pro Football Weekly's Hub Arkush:
And this from the esteemed Dan Pompei of Bleacher Report and The Athletic:
Leave it to Pompei to sum it all up:
Meanwhile, the Packers introduced their four new free-agent signings to the media Thursday. General manager Brian Gutekunst said the Packers were "fortunate," but Tom Silverstein says they were uncharacteristically aggressive:
Za'Darius Smith and the three other new Packers were all smiles with the media Thursday:
Check out this photo gallery of the new Packers:
Gutekunst is spending part of his Friday at Michigan's pro day:
Pete Dougherty answered questions about the Packers' moves for more than two hours in his live chat:
National writers have mixed feelings about the Packers' haul:
Albert Breer analyzes how the Packers beefed up their defense for The MMQB TV:
Looks like Packers free agent Clay Matthews will be moving on soon:
Matthews doesn't make this list of top 25 remaining free agents:
Nor this one listing the top 53:
NFL.com updates its original list of the top 101 free agents to reflect who's going where. They had Preston Smith at No. 13, Za'Darius Smith at No. 16 and Adrian Amos at No. 37 (Billy Turner didn't make the list). Matthews does make this list at No. 58.
Former Packers receiver Jordy Nelson is out in Oakland after the Raiders signed Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams:
ESPN's Rob Demovsky writes that Gutekunst doesn't see Aaron Rodgers' window closing anytime soon:
The Packers' free-agency binge has its roots in some poor draft classes, writes Jason Wilde of the Wisconsin State Journal:
Anthony Barr talks about why he reneged on his deal with the Jets to stay with the Vikings:
And finally: Former Packers backup quarterback Brett Hundley is back home with Arizona:
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