The NFC East-leading Washington Redskins have apparently decided their Super Bowl aspirations lie on the defensive side of the ball.
To that end, they acquired former Pro Bowl safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix from the Green Bay Packers, a person with knowledge of the deal told USA TODAY Sports' Mike Jones, ahead of Tuesday's trade deadline. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not yet been announced.
NFL Media was the first to report the news.
Clinton-Dix, a first-round pick in 2014 who's scheduled to hit free agency after the season, will team with D.J. Swearinger to give Washington one of the more formidable safety combos in the league. That duo could prove an effective way to defense the Eagles, likely to be Washington's main competition for the division crown. The teams will meet twice in the second half of the season.
With 27 tackles, three interceptions and a forced fumble, Clinton-Dix seems to be on track for fresh Pro Bowl accolades after being honored in 2016.
The move is an interesting one from Green Bay's perspective given the Pack is also in the thick of the NFC playoff chase. Jermaine Whitehead seems the logical replacement to take Clinton-Dix's starting spot alongside Kentrell Brice, though the vacancy could also mean new roles for rookie defensive backs Jaire Alexander and Josh Jackson.
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