The New York Giants may not be done looking to improve their defense as the have expressed interest in former Green Bay Packers linebacker Desmond Bishop, who was just released from the team this past Monday and is now a free agent after spending the last six years with them.
Pat Kirwan of CBS Sports was the first one to break the news of Bishop being interested in the Giants, as Kirwan had the former Packers middle linebacker on his show along with Tim Ryan on Sirius XM and talked about the teams he was interested in.
"Talkin w'Desmond Bishop-Said he could return to GB if all things equal. he may consider NYG&Jax but I got feelin he picks a team tonight," he tweeted.
Kirwan's prediction of Bishop picking a team by the end of the night did not happen and remains a free agent. Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News confirmed Bishop's interest in the Giants when he posted his comments from the Sirius XM show on Thursday night.
"Yeah, other teams are interested (more than just the Vikings and Chiefs, whom he's visited). I don’t really know if I’m going to visit them. … The Giants and Jacksonville. The Giants and Jacksonville are the next two that are interested. Actually, the Niners called but of course, you know, they’re kind of set over there. I appreciate their interest in me regardless. But the Giants, which is a real good situation, and Jacksonville as well.”
From Bishop's comments, especially when it comes to the Giants, it sure sounds like he has major interest in their middle linebacker job after being cut by the Packers on Monday, Bishop missed all of the 2012 regular season with a severe hamstring injury, but on Thursday, he said that he feels he is completely over the injury and is 100 percent to play.
Currently, the Giants have Mark Herzlich and Dan Connor at the middle linebacker spot, but it would not surprising to see the Giants make a move to land Bishop because he would be an upgrade at the position over what the team currently has. Bishop is an extremely good athlete who can rush the quarterback and track down the ball carrier and make plays in the open field.
In his last full season as a pro back in 2011, Bishop was solid for the Packers; as he had 121 total tackles with 95 of them solo, five sacks and two forced fumbles. Despite the hamstring injury in 2012, he's still at an age at 28 (will be 29 in July) where he could play more impactful football and return to his form.
In the end, this will all come down to money, as the Giants cap situation isn't the best, but with Bishop coming off a major injury, he might not require a lot of guaranteed money to sign. He may be just looking for an opportunity to prove that he's still a top player at his position. If Bishop is looking for an opportunity as opposed to money, maybe the Giants are the perfect landing spot, after all.
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