The Bears just ensured their secondary will be no laughing matter for opposing quarterbacks in 2019.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Bears are signing safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to a 1-year deal:
Clinton-Dix will reportedly make $3.5 million and gave the Bears a discount to join the reigning No. 1 defense:
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix gets $3.5 million on his one-year deal from the #Bears, source says. He had more on the table elsewhere but it sounds like he wanted to join that Chicago defense and be reunited with his Alabama teammate Eddie Jackson.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 14, 2019
Clinton-Dix already has a rapport with incumbent Bears safety Eddie Jackson, as the former hosted the latter in college when Jackson made his official visit to Alabama.
The Bears hosted Clinton-Dix in Chicago Wednesday night and Thursday morning and apparently the meeting was a good one if both sides came to an agreement.
The move solidifies the Bears' secondary, with Clinton-Dix conceivably filling the hole left by Adrian Amos, who left for greener pastures — literally — when he signed with the Green Bay Packers earlier this week.
The deal also excited the other new member of the Bears secondary as Buster Skrine told reporters Thursday afternoon it will be "awesome" to have Clinton-Dix around:
Buster Skrine said he talked to Ha Ha Clinton-Dix this morning. Said of Clinton-Dix: "He feels the culture's good and we all just feel happy to come here and play together." https://t.co/rEMivh03IV— JJ Stankevitz (@JJStankevitz) March 14, 2019
Clinton-Dix, 26, is a former first-round pick (21st overall) and has played 80 games in his career with the Packers and Washington Redskins.
The Bears secondary will now consist of:
CB - Kyle Fuller
CB - Prince Amukamara
S - Eddie Jackson
S - Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
NB - Buster Skrine
Both Fuller and Jackson were Pro Bowlers and First-Team All-Pro in 2018.
Clinton-Dix made the Pro Bowl in 2016 when he set a career high with 5 interceptions and 7 passes defensed in the Packers secondary.