One day after the Chicago lost a defensive back to rival Green Bay, the Bears returned the favor.
The Bears signed former Packers safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to a one-year contract.
Dix has 14 interceptions over five seasons with Green Bay (2014-18) and Washington (2018). He made the Pro Bowl in 2016 after picking off five passes and breaking up seven. The Packers dealt him to Washington at the trade deadline last season.
Clinton-Dix fills a vacancy in Chicago left by Adrian Amos, who signed with Green Bay.
Led by one of the NFL’s most dominant defenses, the Bears won the NFC North at 12-4 in coach Matt Nagy’s first season after four straight last-place finishes.
Suggs to Cardinals
The Arizona Cardinals agreed to terms with linebacker Terrell Suggs and quarterback Brett Hundley on one-year deals.
Suggs is the NFL’s active sacks leader with a 132 1-2 sacks, tied with Leslie O’Neal and Lawrence Taylor for 13th all-time. The 36-year-old Suggs spent his entire 16-year career with the Baltimore Ravens and is their all-time leader in games played (229) and forced fumbles (37). He was the 2003 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, 2011 Defensive Player of the Year when he was an m All-Pro.
Suggs is expected to play opposite Chandler Jones, the NFL’s sacks leader two seasons ago.
The 25-year-old Hundley spent last season with Seattle after three seasons at Green Bay. He has appeared in 15 career NFL games, with nine starts.
Tate joins Giants
The New York Giants agreed to terms with wide receiver Golden Tate, adding an accomplished veteran to try to fill the gaping hole left by Tuesday’s trade of Odell Beckham Jr.
The deal is a four-year, $37.5 million contract that includes $23 million fully guaranteed, per ESPN.
Tate, 30, won the Super Bowl with the Seattle Seahawks, and has played for the Detroit Lions and the Philadelphia Eagles.
Tate was traded to Philadelphia at this past season’s deadline and made the game-winning touchdown catch on fourth-and-goal for the Eagles in this past season’s wild card playoff win in Chicago.
Griffen to return
The Minnesota Vikings will have Everson Griffen back on their roster after the defensive end restructured his contract to help provide the team some salary cap relief.
Griffen agreed to a reworked deal that will pay him up to $7.9 million in 2019, according to two NFL sources. The 31-year-old had been scheduled to make $10.9 million this season, with a salary cap figure of $11.743 million.
Nelson cap casualty
After making several big-ticket additions to start free agency, the Oakland Raiders are now making some cuts.
The Raiders released 2018 leading wide receiver Jordy Nelson and backup quarterback AJ McCarron to create salary cap space. The moves save more than $8.5 million for the upcoming season after the Raiders committed more than $50 million in salary cap space to acquire receiver Antonio Brown, tackle Trent Brown, safety Lamarcus Joyner and receiver Tyrell Williams.
Nelson signed a $14.2 million, two-year deal last March with the Raiders and had 63 catches for 739 yards in his one season in Oakland following a long stint in Green Bay. The Raiders turned his $3.6 million roster bonus for 2019 into a signing bonus late last season, which leaves them with $1.8 million in dead money this year.
The Raiders also signed defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins to a two-year contract to return to Oakland and formally announced the deal with Joyner that was agreed to earlier this week.
Kalil cut loose
The Carolina Panthers released offensive tackle Matt Kalil and re-signed offensive tackle Daryl Williams to a one-year, $7 million contract. Kalil missed last season with a knee injury. The post-June 1 designation saves the team $7.25 million in salary cap space. Kalil, who played his first five seasons with Minnesota, started every game for Carolina in 2017.
Chiefs net Okafor
Kansas City agreed with defensive end Alex Okafor on an $18 million, three-year deal.
He started all 16 games for New Orleans last season and had 36 tackles and four sacks.
The team also signed ex-Cowboys linebacker Damien Wilson to a two-year, $5.6 million deal.
Bridgewater to stay
Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has decided to stay with the New Orleans Saints as their backup and potential successor to Drew Brees rather than pursue an immediate starting opportunity with his hometown Miami Dolphins, sources said.
Bridgewater, 26, agreed to a one-year $7.25 million deal that is worth up to $12.5 million with incentives, sources told ESPN.
Jets cut Crowell
The New York Jets cut Isaiah Crowell in an expected move after agreeing to a deal with Le’Veon Bell this week.
Crowell, who signed a three-year, $12 million deal prior to last season, was largely ineffective for the Jets despite respectful stats (685 yards, six touchdowns and 4.8 yards per carry).
Around the league
Other players securing deals included cornerback B.W. Webb (Bengals, three years); running back Kenjon Barner (Falcons, one year) and tight end Luke Stocker (Falcons, two years); defensive tackle Malcom Brown (Saints, three years); offensive lineman Oday Aboushi and safety Andrew Adams (Lions); cornerback Jason Verrett, wide receiver Jordan Matthews, and safety Antone Exum (49ers, one year); offensive lineman D.J. Fluker (Seahawks, two years); wide receiver Devin Funchess (Carolina, one year); wide receiver Donte Moncrief (Steelers, two years); special teams ace Andre Roberts (Bills, no terms); and wide receiver Tavon Austin and defensive tackle Christian Covington (Cowboys, one year).