Shedding the Cheese For the Purple: Vikings Sign Former Packers LB Desmond Bishop
There seems to be a growing theme developing between the NFL North rival Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers. This new development goes beyond the bi-annual rivalry on the playing field. Only a week after releasing linebacker Desmond Bishop, the Packers have once again provided a valuable inter-divisional piece to the Vikings, who signed the veteran to a one-year deal. This move comes just three months after the Vikings signed away wide receiver Greg Jennings.
Bishop had a pretty good idea that his release was in the works, after he missed all of the 2012 campaign for Green Bay with a ruptured hamstring. Paired with the development of linebacker Brad Jones who took over once Bishop was injured, the move made perfect sense for Green Bay. Bishop was noted as recently stating:
“It was just the timing of [the injury] and the emergence of Brad...From a business standpoint, how could you get rid of a healthy player like Brad or A.J. [Hawk] and you're putting your faith in a player who is coming off of an injury? So you can understand. It's understandable. That's just how it goes."
The move may surprise some around the league however, as Bishop is 28 years old and fully recovered from his injury and during the 2011 season, he wracked up 115 tackles for Green Bay. Perhaps it would've made more sense for Green Bay to deal Bishop rather than cut him loose and watch him sign with a bitter division rival, one in Minnesota who is looking to gain ground on the Packers within the division standings. Bishop will slot in as the starting middle linebacker and will also spend occasional time as the weakside linebacker.