Coming to a Conclusion
There is not much risk at all. There are no red flags whereas it may look like the Cowboys made a bad move with this signing.
If they had spent $8 million then that would be a problem, but Clinton-Dix is on a cheap contract. Since it is a one year deal, the Cowboys will not be on the hook for much at all.
They upgraded what was a need for the team. Some people will look at it and say that rules out Dallas drafting a safety with the 17th pick in the NFL draft. I say that the option is still very much open.
Why not have the player develop alongside a solid veteran such as Ha Ha? If the rookie has a great year, then you can let Ha Ha walk in free agency.
The fit is too good to pass up. Rather than banking entirely on the draft, the Dallas Cowboys went out and signed a reliable player in the meantime. It is a huge win for the team.
There is still a good amount of cap space remaining, and the starting roster spots are looking like they are filling out. What was at one point looking like an impossible puzzle to put together a good team, is now looking a lot better.
Two of the Cowboys’ biggest needs were at the interior defensive line and defensive backs. Jerry Jones responds by signing Clinton-Dix and defensive tackle Gerald McCoy. Both combine for $10.1 million in annual salary.
Now, going into the draft will be less of a panic. Dallas still can (and should) draft players for these positions, it’s just the rookies don’t need to be immediate All-Pros now. Overall, signing Ha Ha Clinton-Dix was a great decision by Jerry Jones.