Throughout the offseason we have consistently acknowledged two things about the New York Giants and the safety position. They have to find a way to keep Landon Collins in a Giants uniform in 2019, and they have to find an upgrade from Curtis Riley as Collins’ partner in the back of the defense.
We have already discussed Adrian Amos [free-agent profile], Lamarcus Joyner [free-agent profile] and Tre Boston [free-agent profile]. Today, let’s turn our attention to another of the top free safeties who could reach the open market next month — Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix of the Washington Redskins.
Height: 6-foot-1 | Weight: 208:
2018 salary cap hit: $3.153 million
2018 stats (2 teams): Games (16 — all starts) | Interceptions (3) | Tackles (93) | Passes defensed (6) | Forced fumbles (2)
Pro Football Focus: Overall grade (79.3 — career-high) | Run defense (70.3) | Tackling (82.4 — 8 missed tackles) | Pass coverage (82.0 — career-high) | Passer rating against (76.2) | Yards allowed per reception (9.1 — career-best)
Midway through the 2018 season the Packers traded Clinton-Dix to the Washington Redskins.
Clinton-Dix could return to the Redskins, but there appears to be uncertainty about that.
SI.com lists Clinton-Dix as the No. 73 available free agent on its list of the top 100, but says “His body and athleticism are tantalizing, but he has not developed the necessary discipline to fulfill his potential.”
Spotrac estimates that Clinton-Dix could be looking at a contract in the neighborhood of five years, $49.5 million — roughly $9.9 million annually.
The Giants, as we have discussed multiple times, also have to find a way to pay Collins. Using the franchise tag on Collins is estimated to cost around $12 million. Spotrac estimates a long-term deal for Collins on the free agent market to be worth in the area of five years and $6.8 million, or $9.366 million annually.
Could the Giants commit that much money to the safety position? Is Clinton-Dix worth that kind of investment?
Your thoughts, Giants fans?