Clinton-Dix, 27, was fresh off a difficult 2018 season in which he was traded by the Packers -- the team that drafted him in the first round in 2014 -- before becoming a free agent who was left wondering what was next. Other teams had interest in giving Clinton-Dix a multi-year contract, but he felt Chicago offered the best chance to showcase himself as a top-tier safety.
On Sunday, Clinton-Dix will return to Lambeau Field for the first time since he was traded by the Packers in October 2018, joining the rival Bears as they look to make a statement. The stakes are clear for the Bears, who need a victory to keep their bleak playoff hopes alive.
But what will this mean personally for Clinton-Dix as he faces the Packers?
"Not a damn thing," Clinton-Dix said. "No, I'm just kidding. It means a lot. Just to be able to back and play with the guys that I've been with the last five years, to compete against your friends, it makes the game more fun."
For Clinton-Dix, playing in Green Bay again is about proving a point, which is what his entire season has been about. He joined the Bears with the vision that he could hit the free-agent market again this March as a more coveted player.
This Sunday will surely mean more on a personal level for Clinton-Dix. Bears coach Matt Nagy still can recall a story from his playing career in 2007 when he faced the the Georgia Force in a playoff game months after the team traded him to the Columbus Destroyers. The quarterback Nagy threw for five touchdowns in a 66-56 playoff win
"We dominated them," Nagy said with a smile. "I'll never forget that game."