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Update: Desmond Bishop to visit Vikings today.

When word escaped that the Packers cut Middle Linebacker Desmond Bishop on Monday, it didn’t take the Vikings very long to make contact with his agent to set up a meeting. It is expected that Bishop will meet with Vikings coaches on Weds. to discuss possible parameters of a contract and to possibly work out for the Viking coaching staff. If all goes well, then the next step would be an intense physical by team physicians.

Before Viking fans get too excited, keep in mind that several teams including the Chiefs (who desparately need help at LB) have already made contact. The Vikings will likely have to move quickly in hopes that the former Packer doesn’t leave town without a deal in place. Because the team has limited cap space to offer, the chances of a deal are tentative.

If the team allows this to become a bidding war, Minnesota8446 would likely lose out.

Bishop missed most of last season with a ruptured hamstring. The injury,  concidered serious and possibly carreer threatening, causes concern for a player who depends on speed to play the position.

Bishops people are saying all the right things and insist the  former Cal star is healthy and ready to go. However, despite the need and obvious upgrade, one has to wonder why the Pack would release him if he was 100%. One concern would be his salary of $ 3.46  million per. That’s alot of money for a player who may have lost a step. The Vikings do not have the same concern, as any contract they offer would be significantly less.

Stay tuned for updates as they come in.

*** See Bishops carreer stats below as well as a college  scouting report from after his senior year at Cal. when he became the 18th pick in the sixth round of the 2007 draft selected by the Packers.

 

Position
LB
Jersey
55
Name   Desmond                        Bishop
Born   7/24/1984
Height   6-2
Weight   238
College   California

 

 

DEFENSE
Year S-Tkl A-Tkl Total Sack S-Yds PD FF Safety
2011 (GBP) 91 25.0 116.0 5.0 49 1 2 0
2010 (GBP) 71 28.0 99.0 3.0 23 8 2 0
2009 (GBP) 10 4.0 14.0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2008 (GBP) 17 4.0 21.0 1.0 6 0 3 0
2007 (GBP) 3 1.0 4.0 0.0 0 0 0 0
KICKOFF RETURNS
Year Returns FC Yds Lng TD
2009 (GBP) 1 1 6 6 0
INTERCEPTIONS
Year Int Yds Lng TD
2010 (GBP) 1 32 32 1
FUMBLES
Year Fumbles Own-Rec Rec-Yds Rec-TD Forced Opp-Rec ORec-Yds ORec-TD
2011 (GBP) 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
2010 (GBP) 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
2009 (GBP) 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
2008 (GBP) 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0
Notes: Started in 25 games for California racking up an impressive 215 tackles…Last season led the Pac-10 with 126 stops, earning All-Conference First-Team honors…A Second-Team All-Pac-10 selection in 2005 after recording 89 total tackles…Nicknamed “the pulse of Cal’s defense” because he has a non-stop motor…Very strong and plays with a chip on his shoulder…A leader on and off the field…Solid size and bulk…Tremendous against the run and also solid in coverage…Excellent tackler with a keen awareness for the game…Isnot very explosive and lacks top flight speed…Has a tough time in the open field…Still, a highly productive LB with a solid upside.

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