Ha Ha Clinton-Dix thinks he’s a short-timer in Green Bay

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It’s one thing for a player to not have much certainty about their future when they enter a contract year.

It’s another to admit during a season you don’t expect to be back.

That’s why it’s shocking (and frankly a bit refreshing) to hear Ha Ha Clinton-Dix‘s comments, as the Packers safety admitted to Jason Wilde of ESPN Wisconsin, that he thinks he has exactly 11 games left in his Packers career.

“Right now, I’m playing each and every game like it’s my last. I don’t think I’m going to be here next year,” Clinton-Dix said. “That’s how I look at it. I just [have to] be honest with myself. You’ve got to play it game-by-game. Whether we’re losing by 60 points, you’ve got to go out there and perform. This is my biggest interview of my career. So I’ve got to perform, regardless of what the record says.”

The Packers picked up the fifth-year option on the 2014-first-rounder’s contract, and they haven’t always done that. They didn’t pick up options on their previous three first-rounders (Derek Sherrod, Nick Perry, or Datone Jones), but were comfortable paying Clinton-Dix $5.957 million for the year.

Clinton-Dix stayed away from OTAs while he was hoping for a long-term deal, but that didn’t come and now he clearly doesn’t expect it to.

He’s played well, with three interceptions and he’s second on the team in tackles. He said he’s enjoying his time in new coordinator Mike Pettine’s system, but that doesn’t translate to job security.

50 responses to “Ha Ha Clinton-Dix thinks he’s a short-timer in Green Bay

  1. To say Dix is playing well means you haven’t been watching most of the Packer games. One interception was truly impressive. One a tipped ball that fell into his lap. The other was legit–good coverage and on a poor throw by opposing QB.

    What has also been happening is repeated bad angles on passing plays, inconsistent run support at best (including getting trucked more than once), and miscommunication or failure to cover with cornerbacks (which could be shared blame).

    He’s not the worst, but has not played like a #1 pick in all but one of his seasons. Pleased to see the Packers not pay him the money he thinks he deserves. Off the field, seems like a decent person–no ill will. It’s a business.

  2. Well I’m glad he is motivating himself. He is saying that he wants to prove he is worthy of a new contract.

    “This is the biggest interview of my career. So I’ve got to perform”

    He is having a decent season. He is right though he will have to up his game to stick around on the 4th ranked defense in the NFL and on the rise.

  3. Yikes. Not a good look on the green and yellow front office. Malcontents in the locker room. It’s gonna be a long year. Again. This is why we haven’t sniffed the playoffs in three years and counting. Cmon!!

  4. jimmyjohns01 says:
    October 10, 2018 at 10:59 am
    None of the defensive players GB took in the first 3 rounds really lived up to their hype except Matthews.
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    I’ll assume your talking about the first three rounds the past four years. If so your correct a mundo. None of the wasted picks on D backs have panned out. If so, Ted the genius wouldnt have had to keep making the same mistakes over and over again

  5. IMO Dix is the worst safety in pro ball. I dont think he has ever been injured solely due to never making contact. Ya he runs his shoulder into someone being the line once in a while but he never competes for the ball and the only cover he understands is the one he pulls over his head at night.

  6. kevines255 says:
    October 10, 2018 at 10:44 am
    Who needs guys on defense when you have Rodgers?
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    You are more correct then you can imagine. MM has said often that if you have a vaunted pass rush where the QB cant throw the ball you do not need a lot of talent in the dback position. Seriously.

  7. jimmyjohns01 says:
    October 10, 2018 at 10:59 am
    None of the defensive players GB took in the first 3 rounds really lived up to their hype except Matthews.
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    Have you ever heard of Kenny Clark, the best NT in the NFL?

  8. Yikes. Not a good look on the green and yellow front office. Malcontents in the locker room. It’s gonna be a long year. Again. This is why we haven’t sniffed the playoffs in three years and counting. Cmon!!

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    dude last year was the first time the packers didn’t make the playoffs in 9 years so I don’t know where you got your information from but you’re just completely wrong….good try though

  9. IOW he is looking to get out of living in that town and playing for that team as quickly as possible. He can see Rodgers is on the decline and knows this is the first year of the rebuild, as McCarthy has said. Why waste the rest of his prime there?

  10. “There are 3 other defenses in the NFC North that would be more appreciative of his abilities”

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    Where does it say Green Bay isn’t appreciative of his abilities? Clinton-Dix is trying to motivate himself. He is saying he isn’t good enough right now to remain on this defense. He wants to prove himself worthy of staying and getting a new contract. As Darin said in the article it is “refreshing” to have players with attitudes like HaHa’s.

    #PackersPeople

    And you can see here in this thread that the Vikings troll fan base is claiming he is the worst safety in the NFL. Which any fan with a clue just laughs at and scrolls past never again reading that trolls posts.

  11. You know you have problems when players openly talk about leaving the team like this. But we fans will remain diligently delusional.

  12. He’s saying he doesn’t think he’ll be back next year. At this point I’m not translating that to him saying he doesn’t want to be back. Athletes, especially first rounders, get easily offended when the fifth year option is exercised and they aren’t given a big contract. I’m interpreting this as he isn’t sure if the Packers want him.

  13. Stupid Lions Fan says:
    October 10, 2018 at 11:01 am
    We’ll take him, he can ball.
    Golladay just hurt his feelings but he’ll get over that

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    Golladays stiff arm on HaHa was pretty funny

  14. D Ernesto says:
    October 10, 2018 at 11:19 am

    but he never competes for the ball and the only cover he understands is the one he pulls over his head at night.
    +++++++

    11 int’s since the start of 2016.

  15. jimmyjohns01 says:
    October 10, 2018 at 10:59 am
    None of the defensive players GB took in the first 3 rounds really lived up to their hype except Matthews.
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    Yeah lets never forget all that hype around Datone Jones?

  16. I hope he’s being honest with himself about the reasons why when he says he doesn’t think he will be back.

    Not because they won’t pay you, but because you look more lost this year than last year. Between Ha Ha and Clay, I don’t know who shows up after the fact more.

    At this point he is not playing to even his 5th year option salary.

  17. Clinton-Dix in the same interview:

    “I like this defense a lot. I am actually having fun. Once this team gets rolling, we’re going to be hard to be hard to stop, if you ask me”

  18. He’s played exceptionally well this year.

    I’d like to see him stay. They haven’t hit on enough of their picks to let guys like this walk out the door.

  19. If the Pack didn’t extend his contract despite his efforts, perhaps this is not Ha ha’s choice to make.

  20. What’s with the Fake News trolls? He isn’t saying he wants out. He’s saying he understands the business side of professional football.

    I’m guessing this “revelation” goes so far and fast over the heads of Viking trolls, they feel compelled to create their own Fake News to assuage their limited football knowledge acumen.

  21. It’s all about the money! Will they pay him? Probably not! But in the name of all things holy, what mother would name their child Ha Ha? How much liquor did she have during labor?

  22. Not that HaHa wants to stay but on the other hand Green Bay won’t be able to afford him. From the beginning of this league year to next March Green Bay is on the hook for 90M guaranteed between Rodgers and Crosby alone. That is a heck of a lot of cap space gone for two declining players.

  23. Liberalsruineverything says:
    October 10, 2018 at 3:57 pm
    He would be good under Zimmers tutelage. The Packers are basically the Browns with a top 5 QB. Can’t develop anyone, especially on defense.
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    1/3 of the current season is over. Packers pass defense is ranked #2 and overall defense ranked #5. Vikings defense is ranked #22.

    How does it make you feel when you’re no longer vaunted?

  24. Ha Ha is an okay player. But because he was a 1st rounder he expects to be paid like a perennial pro bowler. Ain’t gonna happen. Safeties are a dime a dozen. They let Micah Hyde walk. They let Morgan Burnett walk. They will let HHCD walk too. The Packers have 2 safeties playing at a higher level than Ha Ha. He’s a high character guy though. It’s just that the Packers are not going to give him a $40-50 million deal. Not gonna happen !

  25. He is not that good of a player – his interceptions are because he just stands out in centerfield hoping for overthrows by bad quarterbacks. He gets tackles because he plays off so far that he allows the other teams to catch the ball and never contests the catches just comes up and makes the tackles – simply not playing to his drafted level

  26. cheeseisfattening says:
    October 10, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    Not that HaHa wants to stay but on the other hand Green Bay won’t be able to afford him. Green Bay is on the hook for 90M guaranteed between Rodgers and Crosby alone. That is a heck of a lot of cap space gone for two declining players.

    +++++++

    Do you understand that the $57.5 million signing bonus is prorated over the life of the contract? Green Bay has plenty of cap space.

    In fact Green Bay has 39 players under contract for next season with a total of $151 million spent. While your precious Vikings have 42 players under contract for a total of $179 million spent.

    Acknowledge receipt, please.

  27. packertruth says:
    October 10, 2018 at 6:52 pm
    cheeseisfattening says:
    October 10, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    Not that HaHa wants to stay but on the other hand Green Bay won’t be able to afford him. Green Bay is on the hook for 90M guaranteed between Rodgers and Crosby alone. That is a heck of a lot of cap space gone for two declining players.

    +++++++

    Do you understand that the $57.5 million signing bonus is prorated over the life of the contract? Green Bay has plenty of cap space.

    In fact Green Bay has 39 players under contract for next season with a total of $151 million spent. While your precious Vikings have 42 players under contract for a total of $179 million spent.

    Acknowledge receipt, please

    ***

    They gave him 78 million at signing. Right? Is that incorrect? Please correct me if I’m wrong.

  28. 13worldchampioinships says:
    October 10, 2018 at 11:13 pm

    They gave him 78 million at signing. Right? Is that incorrect? Please correct me if I’m wrong.

    +++++

    Not exactly. He gets the $57.5M signing bonus upfront and then that is equally split over 5 years for cap purposes.

    Rodgers has roster bonuses in each of the first four years of the contract. The first two years of roster bonuses (2018: $7.8M; 2019: $13.4M) are fully guaranteed. Therefore $78.7 million is fully guaranteed at signing.

    The $19.5 million “roster bonus” in 2020 is virtually guaranteed (which would make the total guaranteed money $98.2M) and officially becomes fully guaranteed on the 3rd day of the waiver period in 2019.

    But in terms of actual money received Rodgers gets $66.9M in 2018. (the $57.5 million signing bonus, the $7.8 million roster bonus, $1.1M base salary and 500K workout bonus).

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