Bears think safety swap can be a “win-win”

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The Bears likely knew they were going to lose safety Adrian Amos this offseason, after drafting and developing him.

But their disappointment in losing a talented young player was mitigated by finding an only slightly less young safety who is ready to prove himself for several reasons.

Via J.J. Stankevitz of NBC Sports Chicago, the Bears think that replacing Amos (who went to the Packers) with former Packers (and briefly Washington) safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix can still be a “win-win.”

While Amos rang the bell with a long-term deal, Clinton-Dix took a one-year deal in hopes of a good season with a great defense can help him find his security next year (if people are still signing safeties then).

“A lot of times if it gets to that point (where the agent and player) can say hey, I want another bite at the apple if I play well and sometimes it’s financially advantageous for us too,” Bears General Manager Ryan Pace said. “And hey let’s just be honest, usually these one-year deals, they are very motivated and he has the right makeup and character to come in and play well. And he fits well into the defense and obviously the familiarity with [former Alabama teammate] Eddie Jackson, I think that helps a lot too.”

Pace said he was “proud” that Amos was able to get a four-year, $37 million deal with the Packers, and not just because it might give the Bears a chance at a rare comp pick (they haven’t had one since 2009).

16 responses to “Bears think safety swap can be a “win-win”

  1. Not really a “swap”

    The Packers traded a safety to Washington last year that they no longer wanted or thought was a good fit for their defense.

    The Bears lost a safety they wanted to keep when he chose to sign with Green Bay.

  2. No one debates the skills of dix, it’s whether he’s got his head screwed on each game. He can look great, but takes plays off and disappears at times. He’s a great run stuffer.

  3. Amos was the 11th-best defender, arguably, on the Bears defense. They don’t need HHCD to step in and be great to be great. That’s not true for Amos’ situation with the Packers, as his contract indicates.

    Still seems like both teams can feel good about the situation. The Bears get a playmaker who is hungry for a contract who doesn’t need to be great. The Packers get a very solid, consistent player at a spot that hasn’t had consistency. Not sure why it has to be all drama.

  4. Amos is better, but the Pack did have to pay big bucks. The Bears probably came out better on the talent-to-cost ratio.

  5. Every time I hear that name I think of that song ‘a boy named Sue’! His mother should be ashamed!

  6. Clinton Dix should do well in Chicago, he has an amazing group of defenders in front of him, and should help his success, I also feel that some of that helped Amos play a bit better, but time will tell. It was time for GB to move on from Dix though, they got a draft pick for him, got a little younger,

    Clinton-Dix also had an interesting takes regarding all the things being said about GB the last week.

  7. beavwarius says:
    April 8, 2019 at 11:00 am
    No one debates the skills of dix, it’s whether he’s got his head screwed on each game. He can look great, but takes plays off and disappears at times. He’s a great run stuffer.


    Thats all he needs to be in Chicago. Eddie Jackson was the one dropping back into coverage all the time. Amos was a great Bear but Packer fans will see it as an overpay on that contract

  8. Amos was almost beat out in training camp by Deon Bush for the starting Safety Job. He was benched and then came back with a solid season but he benefited from Eddie Jackson. We shall see if he is really as solid as he seemed but all you have to do is look at the playoff game and see that he was not as good without Jackson in the lineup. Dix will be fine and if not we still have Bush as a backup plan and he is also in a contract year.

  9. Ha Ha seems to be a genuinely good guy. Hopefully, he can get back on track and still have a solid career. Going to a much better defense is sure to cure some of what ailed him the past year or two.

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