How Clinton-Dix's First Round Status Allowed Chicago to Sign Him
Fans often talk about a "home town" discount, and while Chicago didn't get it from Amos, Chicago got something like that with Clinton-Dix. Over Adrian Amos's 4 years with the Bears, he started 56 of the 60 games he was activated, and averaged a little less than a million a year ($3,996,438 career earnings). It's obvious Amos was grossly underpaid in comparison to his performance, and when offered over 8 times his previous salary, he took it. If you worked at McDonald's, and Burger King called you and told you instead of $10 an hour we'll give you $80; you would take that deal and work the grill as happy as Sponge Bob at the Krusty Krab. Also take into account that Eddie Goldman was in the same draft class and had his contract extended before his 4th year, showing Amos that Goldman was the priority of the draft class.
Asking Amos to sign a team friendly deal wasn't very likely. Clinton-Dix had more than enough leeway, being a number 21 over all pick, to do just that. Dix's first round draft status awarded him to be paid just shy of $3 million a year on average ($14,502,667 career earnings). This paired with the fact that he is coming off of a down year gave Chicago the flexibility to sign him to a one year $3.5 million dollar deal. After being traded to Washington, Clinton-Dix started to come back to his pro bowl form recording 66 tackles over his last 9 games. Washington made an offer for Clinton-Dix, but he decided to decline and sign with the Bears. The details of Washington's offer was not revealed, but was reported to be a higher offer then Chicago's.
Other than the money already accrued on his previous contract, two other factors went into this decision. One: Dix saw what a top end safety could demand from the market in the 2019 free agency frenzy. Why not take a one year prove-it deal with a defense that is guaranteed to raise the level of your play, and increase your 2020 value? Assuming that's what he's doing, it's not a bad move. Another factor that can play a part in this is Green Bay traded him mid-season to a franchise that has been middle of the pack, as he was looking for an extension. Perhaps he wanted two chances at making Green Bay regret their decision.
No one is 100% certain why Clinton-Dix made the decision he did, but no one in Chicago is complaining.