Clinton-Dix was selected by Green Bay in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft and emerged as a standout defender. The move comes just days after there were several rumors swirling around that Clinton-Dix was available right before the 2018 trade deadline. His best season for was in 2016, when he was named to the Pro Bowl after intercepting five passes and forcing a fumble. Clinton-Dix was a lame duck player in Green Bay.
There's also another huge factor to consider.
Several former first-round picks changed teams prior to the National Football League trade deadline on Tuesday, and Green Bay Packers safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix was among them. But without Clinton-Dix, a starter, the Packers are now left with Kentrell Brice, Jermaine Whitehead and Josh Jones.
Instead of gambling with those factors, Gutekunst took the sure thing - an unconditional fourth-round pick in next year's draft.
Tate was actually benched at Soldier Field two Decembers ago, the last time the Lions lost to the Bears, but he's a really good player who has contributed a ton to Detroit going 7-1 against Chicago since his signing.
Again, all it would take is a big signing or two to cancel out Clinton-Dix's departure.
Clinton-Dix, 25, is in the final year of his rookie contract. They can carry over that space to 2019, providing another boost to any free agency plans.
Washington has started D.J. Swearinger (four interceptions this season) and Montae Nicholson at safety for all seven games this season.
Maybe that will involve signing a free agent, or possibly moving a player now on the roster to safety.