Ha Ha Clinton-Dix hasn’t been at any of the Green Bay Packers OTA sessions this spring. But the former first-round pick will reportedly in town for the team’s mandatory minicamp that starts Tuesday.
According to the Wisconsin State Journal’s Jason Wilde, the safety has missed the sessions for a personal matter, though he would not divulge what it was when asked. Wilde reports Clinton Dix’s godmother passed away in May just before he graduated from the University of Alabama.
Clinton-Dix is entering the final year of his rookie contract and some took his absence as his displeasure over not getting a long-term contract. That led to backlash from a portion of the fanbase, who pointed to a 2017 season where Clinton-Dix didn’t appear to be as impactful as he had been when he went to the Pro Bowl in 2016. He finished with three interceptions after grabbing five the year before, though all his other numbers are nearly identical.
Clinton-Dix took to Twitter Thursday night to seemingly address those voices.
At the end of last season and into the offseason, Clinton-Dix said he believed his role in former defensive coordinator Dom Capers’ scheme was to cover for issues elsewhere in the secondary. The Packers were so worried about the play at cornerback that Clinton-Dix was used as somewhat of a safety valve to protect against big plays. That’s expected to change with new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine.
With Clinton-Dix missing OTAs, the Packers were going with Kentrell Brice and Jermaine Whitehead as their starting safeties, while Josh Jones was in his hybrid safety/inside linebacker spot that was held by Morgan Burnett last season.