Following the 2017 NFL draft, the Green Bay Packers get right to work to give this team the best shot at returning to the Super Bowl.
The Packers are making no doubt about it that they are putting everything they have into winning in 2017 and giving the team the best chance at returning to the NFC Championship in 2017, but this time with a different outcome.
Per Rob Demovsky via twitter, Green Bay has exercised the fifth-year option of safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. Demovsky covers the Packers for ESPN, .
“The Packers will pick up the fifth-year option on safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, according to a source.”
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— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) May 1, 2017
The #Packers have exercised the fifth-year option on S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix’s contract, a source said. He has 2 years left on his deal now.
— Tom Silverstein (@TomSilverstein) May 1, 2017
The #Packers have exercised safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix’s fifth-year option, source said. Another no-brainer.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 1, 2017
This will be the first time the Packers have picked up the option on a first-round pick since it became available in the new CBA back in 2011. With the play of Clinton-Dix and what he means to this football team and on the defensive side of the ball, it was a no brainer for the Packers to pick it up. Now with this done, the team needs to start working on a long-term deal for one of the team’s best defensive players.
Clinton-Dix has truly come into his own on the football field during his three years as a pro. He has 274 career tackles with 4.5 sacks and eight interceptions. 2016 was his best year as he finished the season with 80 tackles, a forced fumble, and five of his eight career interceptions. With all the injuries, this team suffered throughout the secondary in the 2016 season, it was Clinton-Dix that kept the defense together the best he could, especially for a struggling secondary.
Should the Packers avoid the messiness of contracts and get a long-term deal done now, or is it best to wait and just worry about 2017 right now?