New Washington Redskins safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix says he will "be suited up this weekend" to play for the NFC East leaders, whether it's on defense or special teams.
The Detroit Lions were not the only NFC North team to make an interesting choice and roster move in advance of the trade deadline.
The Green Bay Packers dealt safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to the Washington Redskins for a 2019 fourth-round pick and sent running back Ty Montgomery to the Baltimore Ravens for a 2020 seventh-round pick at the National Football League trading deadline Tuesday. He did not miss a game in four-plus seasons with the Packers, totaling 390 tackles, 14 interceptions and 25 passes defensed. Green Bay will receive a fourth-round pick in the deal.More news: Anthony Martial could pose great Manchester United threat to Everton
One thing is for sure, Green Bay has plenty of draft picks to work with in next year's draft.
So let's grade the trade for both sides. Clinton-Dix can certainly help there, with 11 interceptions and 16 pass breakups over the last two-and-a-half seasons. Sign one big free agent, and his arrival could cancel out the departure of Clinton-Dix, eliminating compensation of any kind for losing the veteran safety.
Who Green Bay takes with that fourth-round pick next April will better decide how they ultimately come out of this trade.
For starters, it's obvious now the Packers had little to no interest in re-signing Clinton-Dix after this season. Still, it's hard to argue, unlike last week in the acquisition of Damon Harrison, that Detroit is a better football team after dealing Tate, one of its more unsafe and versatile players and also a leader. Instead, general manager Brian Gutekunst willingly took a good player off a mediocre secondary and got no immediate help.