Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to Redskins: Grading the trade

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By Nate LaCascio The Green Bay Packers traded safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to the Washington Redskins for an undisclosed draft pick and running back Ty Montgomery to the Baltimore Ravens for an undisclosed draft pick, signed tight end Ethan Wolf to the practice squad and released fullback Joe Kerridge from the practice squad.

A first-round pick in 2014, Clinton-Dix started all 16 games for the Packers at safety in each of the past three seasons, and had started all seven games this season.

The Redskins sent a fourth-round pick back to Green Bay in the deal.

According to numerous reports, the Packers have traded Clinton-Dix to the Washington Redskins. He said earlier this month he didn't expect to remain with Green Bay. He did not miss a game in four-plus seasons with the Packers, totaling 390 tackles, 14 interceptions and 25 passes defensed.

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The Detroit Lions were not the only NFC North team to make an interesting choice and roster move in advance of the trade deadline.

So let's grade the trade for both sides. Clinton-Dix was a player to watch on Tuesday ahead of the deadline, and general manager Brian Gutekunst has decided to make a deal. It's not like they're incredibly bad against the pass, allowing 242.3 yards per game (13th in the league), but they are allowing a 66.3 percent completion rate (22nd in the league). But those mid-round picks are at best a coin flip to stick, let alone be a notable contributor, and the Packers unloaded a safety who is moving toward consideration for a second Pro Bowl selection in three seasons.

The Packers downgraded substantially at free safety by parting with Clinton-Dix, to Jermaine Whitehead. The Packers will be flush with cap space next year, especially once Randall Cobb and Clay Matthews come off the books, making it possible Gutekunst will be one of the most aggressive players on the open market.