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Packers’ Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Expects More Freedom In New Defense

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Green Bay Packers safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is excited to play in the Packers’ new defensive system employed by new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine.

Clinton-Dix expects to have more freedom and it’s that freedom that is making him rave about what the season could hold.

“I’ll definitely be a lot more free in this defense for sure,” Clinton-Dix said (h/t ESPN). “We’ve got to see what it looks like come game day. We can talk about it now but game day we’ll be talking about some totally different s—. We’ve just got to all wait and see how it plays out. But I’m excited about the new defense, I’m loving it right now. I’m loving it.”

Last season, under then-defensive coordinator Dom Capers, Clinton-Dix was kept far off the line of scrimmage to protect against big plays as that was an area of weakness for the Packers.

The role didn’t bode well for Clinton-Dix. who saw his production drop off after a Pro Bowl campaign in 2016.

Clinton-Dix is also in the final year of his original contract, a fifth-year option that the Packers exercised and one that will pay Clinton-Dix $5.957M this season.

Clinton-Dix vows not to place as much pressure on himself this season.

“My film is already on tape. I could not play a down and get a new contract and be fine,” Clinton-Dix said. “Stats speak for themselves, everything speaks for themselves. I’ve just got to go out there and continue getting better, continue maximizing my opportunity and winning my one-on-ones.

“I’m going to leave it at that, man. I know my value to this defense, and it’s up to you all to see. I guess we’ll see when we play Chicago and on from there. I’m excited about this opportunity I have in front of me right now going into my fifth year. Like I said, the sky’s the limit for me. Just watch, just watch.”

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Packers Claim Sam Ficken

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The Green Bay Packers have claimed veteran kicker Sam Ficken off of waivers from the Seattle Seahawks, according to ESPN’s Field Yates.

Ficken will now compete with Mason Crosby for the starting kicker job after he served as the replacement for an injured Greg Zuerlein when he was with the Los Angeles Rams.

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Packers Releasing Nick Perry

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The Green Bay Packers will be releasing veteran linebacker Nick Perry, according to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora.

Perry was due to make $11 million this season with a roster bonus of $4.8 million slated for March 15th, but with the Packers’ additions in free agency, Perry became expendable.

Injuries have limited Perry’s time on the field, which likely led to the decision to move on.

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Packers Signing Preston Smith

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The Green Bay Packers have agreed to terms with outside linebacker Preston Smith on a four-year, $52 million contract, according to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport.

Smith will get $16 million at signing and earn $27.5 million over the first 2 years of his new deal.

Smith collected 53 tackles, four sacks and one interception last season for the Washington Redskins.

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