The Minnesota Vikings are expected to make a "strong run" at free agent LB Desmond Bishop.

 

Bishop, 28, had a strong two-year stretch in 2010-11, collecting a total of 218 tackles with 8.0 sacks, four forced fumbles and one interception for 32 yards and a score through 28 games (25 starts) with the Packers.

The former 2007 sixth-round selection out of California was expected to remain in green and gold for at least another year and considered himself a major candidate for the Defensive Player of the Year (DPOY) award last month, despite missing the entire 2012 season with an injury.

It's no surprise, however, that Minnesota is showing interest in Bishop, as the club is arguably the most linebacker-needy team in the league with Marvin Mitchell currently slated to start the season on the weak side.

The addition of Bishop would make Minnesota's LB corps a formidable force, putting the 6-2, 238-pound San Francisco, CA native in the Mike spot with Chad Greenway at Sam LB and Erin Henderson at Will LB.

Jason Wilde of ESPN Milwaukee is now also reporting that Bishop will visit the Vikings on Tuesday.

Coming off an injury-wrecked season, Bishop's physical will be critical as to whether he gets an offer.

Michael Gartman is a College Football and NFL Senior Writer, the AFC South and Lead Writer and the Associate editor of NFL Draft Insiders.   Follow him @_MichaelGartman on Twitter.  Be sure to "Like" NFL Draft Insiders on Facebook o keep up with the latest coverage on college football, the NFL and more!