When the Redskins traded for Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in October, the safety position looked to be a great strength for Washington.
The team already had D.J. Swearinger, who was playing at a Pro Bowl level, and adding Clinton-Dix was supposed to make the Redskins defense one of the elite units in the NFL.
That plan didn’t work.
Clinton-Dix never performed at a high level in Washington, and frankly probably underperformed on the relative cheap fourth-round pick price the Redskins paid to acquire him.
In nine games with Washington, Clinton-Dix registered 66 tackles and recovered one fumble. And while it wasn't entirely on him, Clinton-Dix's arrival coincided with the Redskins defensive demise.
Now, it's free agency time for Clinton-Dix.
Pro Football Focus rated Clinton-Dix as the 32nd best safety in the NFL, and he will be one of the bigger names on the open market. What will the money look like?
It's hard to answer because 2018 wasn't an impressive season. Clinton-Dix struggled enough in tackling that Green Bay decided to trade him, and those struggles continued in Washington.
The Redskins have a lot of needs this offseason, and safety is one of them.
Swearinger is gone, and the depth chart features Montae Nicholson, Troy Apke and Deshazor Everett. Nicholson finished his season suspended after being arrested for assault and Apke finished his season on IR. Everett has made plays when he gets chances on the field, but for whatever reason, he rarely gets chances.
Washington doesn't have a lot to spend in free agency, as the Alex Smith contract will eat up a lot of their cap space.
There definitely isn't room for a high-value contract for Clinton-Dix.
There might not be room for a low dollar contract for Clinton-Dix based on his 2018 level of play, but the position is a need.
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