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Former Packers MLB Desmond Bishop Signs with Minnesota Vikings; New York Giants were Interested

June 24th, 2013 at 3:06 PM
By Douglas Rush

The New York Giants were heavily in the mix for former Green Bay Packers linebacker Desmond Bishop, but it looks like they will not be landing him after all, as Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network has reported that he will sign with the Minnesota Vikings.

"Former Packers LB Desmond Bishop has agreed to terms on a one-year deal to join the Vikings, source confirms," he tweeted.

The 28-year-old Bishop was released from the Packers last Monday after he and the team failed to negotiate on a contract restructure for 2013; Bishop was set to make $3.464 million this season, but the Packers were hesitant to pay him that after he missed all of 2012 with a torn hamstring injury.

Last week, Bishop had visited the Vikings and then the Kansas City Chiefs, but then on Thursday, he had announced in a radio stint with Sirius XM that the Giants were interested in him and had become one of the three finalists for his services.

Early Monday morning, we at Giants 101 had talked about the possibility of the Giants being a potential front-runner to land Bishop because of the possibility of him having a chance to play for a playoff contender and being immediately inserted into the starting lineup, but it looks like Bishop chose to play against his former team twice a year over a possible guaranteed starting job.

With Bishop now in the mix for the Vikings, he will likely compete alongside of Erin Henderson for the middle linebacker spot, or he could be shifted over to outside linebacker, a position that the team had a vacancy at.

For the meantime, the Giants will continue to use Mark Herzlich and Dan Connor at the middle linebacker spot. Many feel that Herzlich is the current favorite to be the team's starting middle linebacker when the season begins in September.

Bishop would have been an upgrade at the linebacker position if he had been signed by the Giants, but, for now, they will have to make do with the players they have on the team.

Bishop is a former sixth-round pick of the Packers back in the 2007 NFL Draft and was a part of the Super Bowl XLV winning team that defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers back in February of 2011.

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Tags: Dan Connor, Desmond Bishop, Football, Mark Herzlich, New York, New York Giants, NFL

11 Responses to “Former Packers MLB Desmond Bishop Signs with Minnesota Vikings; New York Giants were Interested”

  1.  GOAT56 says:


    Dirt says:
    June 24, 2013 at 2:55 PM
    @RapSheet: Former #Packers LB Desmond Bishop has agreed to terms on a one-year deal to join the #Vikings, source confirms

    Cue Krow…

    GOAT56 says:
    June 24, 2013 at 2:57 PM
    They have a bigger hole in the middle and is more likely to start there.

    BigBlueGiant says:
    June 24, 2013 at 3:03 PM
    he would have started here as well. You think Herzlich would have won the job over him? LOL.

    GOAT56 says:
    June 24, 2013 at 3:08 PM
    I think he had a decent chance. You assume Bishop is the same player as he was 2 years ago, he was on IR last year. Also, he probably starts out as #3 and him moving up from 3 to the starter isn’t easy. The MLB is part QB of the defense so he has an advantage over Bishop.


    •  BigBlueGiant says:

      nah man. Bishop would have been the starter here. And would have won the job fairly easily.

      •  GOAT56 says:

        Conner was thought to be the same way. And at least he’s healthy. You can’t discount a player being healthy when he didn’t play the year before and his previous team (a well run one at that) cuts him. It doesn’t take much in the NFL to chance you from a good player to a JAG.

        •  BigBlueGiant says:

          Dan Connor was thought to be the same way? As what? To beat Herzlich out? They’re pretty much the same player. Both below average NFL LB’ers.

          •  GOAT56 says:

            Maybe you didn’t see it that way but many did. I don’t think we know what Herzlich is yet. He could very well be a below average LB or he could end up being a player like Bishop was. I question if and will Bishop be the player he was in 2011. GB releasing him makes me believe he’s not and/or has a lot of questions like a KP.

  2.  GOAT56 says:

    Brandon Collins being suspended that any hope some had of Jernigan not making the team is basically gone. Also it increases the chances Barden will be on the team again. Barden has more of a fight because just a free agent signee and he has very little special teams value. Kris Adams is big and fast and possibly provides something on special teams. I think if any of these guys knock Barden off the roster Adams is the most likely.

  3.  CT GIANT says:

    Vonta Leach said, the giants have shown interest, and i will be making no decision, yet but soon enough.
    Giants are indeed interested and Leach could propel himself into a much better situation in NY, and get himself some well deserved attention, now we do have some money, no Bishop, go get this All-Pro talent and start a new chapter in our run game!
    He would be an instant impact player and help these young guys by blowing up LB’s, and anyone else in his way!

  4.  Krow says:

    Leach to Miami is next. I mean we have a classy team, a solid organization, big market potential, and a history of championships … but the other guys will offer more money. Money trumps everything.

    •  jfunk says:

      Especially when “more money” is likely to mean at least double what we’re offering and said player already has a ring.

      No chance we sign this guy.

  5.  G-MenFan says:

    I guess Bishop wanted more than $20/hour.

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