NY Giants: 5 potential upgrades over Corey Ballentine

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5. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

Another former first-round pick of the Green Back Packers could be an option to help upgrade from Corey Ballentine. That player is Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, who like Prince Amukamara, spent last season with the Chicago Bears.

Clinton-Dix was signed by the Dallas Cowboys to a guaranteed one-year $2.25 million contract in the offseason. He was surprisingly cut by the Cowboys, in a move that many believed was to clear roster space for Earl Thomas who was released by the Baltimore Ravens. Although that move never happened, Clinton-Dix remains a viable free agent option available for the NY Giants.

A former Pro Bowler, Clinton Dix has 16 interceptions, one defensive touchdown, four forced fumbles, 33 pass deflections, four fumble recoveries, five and a half sacks, and 522 total tackles during his six-year NFL career.

He spent his first four and a half years with the Packers before going to the Washington Redskins for the final nine games of 2018. He signed a one-year deal to play for Chicago last season, where he recorded 78 total tackles, two interceptions, one touchdown, five pass deflections, and recovered two fumbles while starting all 16 games for the Bears.

At only 27-years-old, Clinton-Dix still has plenty of gas in the tank. If the Giants were to sign him, they would likely play him at safety, where he has played the entirety of his career, and move either Love or Ryan to the outside cornerback position to replace Ballentine.

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Given the numbers that he put up in Chicago last season and his familiarity with the NFC East rivals, Clinton-Dix presents an intriguing option for the NY Giants to consider when trying to upgrade their cornerback position. He would represent a big-time playmaker at the safety position who would allow either Ryan or Love to significantly upgrade the cornerback position.