Packers trade Clinton-Dix & Montgomery


Clinton-Dix wore Taylor's jersey number 21 in Green Bay, and says he'll wear number 20 for the Redskins, who took Taylor's number out of circulation after his death in 2007. He had indicated earlier this year he didn't anticipate returning to the team when he hits free agency in March 2019.

For just a fourth-round pick, it remains somewhat unclear the motive behind dealing away Clinton-Dix. He is entering the final year of his rookie contract after Green Bay took him in the third round in 2015. He was a first-round draft pick and made the Pro Bowl in 2016.

So let's grade the trade for both sides.

"I watch a lot of his games, I study his tape", Clinton-Dix said of Swearinger.

The 25-year-old safety upgrades an already elite Redskins defense as they look to win the NFC East moving forward. It's not like they're incredibly bad against the pass, allowing 242.3 yards per game (13th in the league), but they are allowing a 66.3 percent completion rate (22nd in the league). Given the price, it seems he likely would have been cut had the Packers not found a buyer.

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With the Packers, Clinton-Dix accumulated 419 tackles, 5½ sacks and 38 passes defensed.

The Redskins sent a fourth-round pick back to Green Bay in the deal.

Clinton-Dix, a 2016 Pro Bowler who I previously profiled here, was considered the premier player at his position on the trade market, and with the Packers all but guaranteed to not extend his contract this fall, it appeared nearly certain that he'd be playing for a new team in Week 10.

After the game, several Packers players told's Michael Silver that Montgomery was seen throwing a tantrum on the sideline after being taken out of the game on a proceeding possession. 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. The transactions were announced Tuesday by General Manager Brian Gutekunst.