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New York Giants Remain in the Hunt for Free Agent LB Desmond Bishop

June 21st, 2013 at 5:09 PM
By Paul Tierney

Earlier today, several news outlets reported former Green Bay Packers linebacker Desmond Bishop's interest in joining the New York Giants, as well as the Minnesota Vikings, the Kansas City Chiefs and the Jacksonville Jaguars. Apparently, the Jaguars have been eliminated from the equation.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network tweeted this afternoon that Bishop is mulling offers from the Vikings, Chiefs and Giants, which slightly narrows the list of possible destinations. There is no buzz surrounding the notion of Bishop returning to Green Bay at a reduced price tag, an idea that Bishop himself publicized on Sirius XM radio yesterday. It's expected that Bishop makes his decision in the very near future, potentially by the end of the weekend.

For the Giants, Bishop would become the immediate favorite to win the competition for the starting middle linebacker spot. If his hamstrings are healthy, Bishop would be by far the most experienced and athletic inside linebacker on the roster. At 28 years old, signing Bishop to a one-year deal for the veteran minimum would be yet another coup for general manager Jerry Reese in an offseason filled with low risk, high reward acquisitions.

For the Giants, signing Bishop is has little to do with fit or scheme, but is more so about just adding bodies to a linebacker corp. that is devoid of proven talent. The team is hoping that the immense athleticism possessed by the likes of Keith Rivers, Jacquian Williams and Spencer Paysinger develop into sustainable production, but there are no guarantees that either player works out.

Bishop is a veteran leader, who if healthy, can bring a sense of stability to the team's weakest unit. With the revamped defensive tackle corp., the middle of the Giants defense could transform from one of the team's most vulnerable aspects, to one of the best in the NFL. The waiting game may be coming to an end sooner rather than later, and the Giants could end up with a low-key, yet tremendously important acquisition if Bishop decides to don Blue in 2014.

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