Well, this is quite the development. Almost all Bears’ analysts have anticipated Chicago being a one-year stop for Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. After Eddie Jackson signed a lucrative extension, the writing seemed to be on the wall for Clinton-Dix. Until now…
This tweet isn’t hard to speculate on. Ha-Ha has a fan. That fan was excited to meet him, and Ha-Ha said the excitement should continue, or should it? Is this the ultimate troll? Is Ha-Ha just going to hang with the little boy again? If this truly indicates he will be back in Chicago next season, how does this impact the Bears?
Clinton-Dix isn’t the top free-agent safety on the market, but there’s no reason he should accept a one-year, team-friendly deal again before testing the market. One would assume he would sign a contract with significantly more guaranteed money than in 2019 ($500K). When the Bears let Adrian Amos walk, they were prioritizing Jackson’s contract. But now that he’s secured, have the Bears shifted focus to Ha-Ha? It’s fair to assume he wouldn’t accept anything less than $6 million a year, and if you add in Danny Trevathan‘s extension, the Bears have already spent about half of their money this offseason. Maybe Ryan Pace knows the new CBA is passing and he’ll have more cap room to work with. Even still, this guarantees the Bears aren’t in play for a top free-agent quarterback.
This doesn’t take a trade off the table, but it also makes it far less likely. The Bears still have pressing needs at Y tight end and right guard. One would assume they will fill those needs so they’re in a position to draft the ‘best player available,’ which is something Pace has preached time and time again.
If Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix receives an extension from the Bears, it implies multiple things. For starters, Ryan Pace wants to keep the defense from last year intact. He is allocating a good chunk of his cap to the defense, and it’s leaving less room for a change at quarterback. The Bears would be looking at a competition consisting of Mitchell Trubisky, Case Keenum, and a draft pick. That all is, of course, if Ha-Ha was implying he is coming back to the Bears. Stay tuned to On Tap Sports Net for further developments in this story.