Did Cowboys Cut Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to Make Room for Earl Thomas?

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The Dallas Cowboys released Ha Ha Clinton-Dix on Thursday. This was an eyebrow-raising move considering that they’d just signed the former Packers/Bears/Alabama safety in March for a deal worth $4 million with $2.5 million fully guaranteed. The natural speculation about such a decision was whether the Cowboys made this decision to make room for another free agent safety: Earl Thomas.

Thomas was recently released by the Ravens following a tumultuous offseason in which he had a gun pointed at him by his wife after getting caught in infidelity, had a fight with a teammate, and allegedly was late to a meeting because he had to get his car washed.

Nonetheless, Thomas, who turned 31 in May, is still a starting-caliber NFL safety. He started 15 games for the Ravens last season, and the secondary was a major hole for the Cowboys last season. We’ll see if this releasing Clinton-Dix was done with this transaction in mind, but it would not be stunning to learn that was the case here.

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.


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