Desmond Bishop is now a Minnesota Viking. In what could be considered perfect timing for the Vikings and Bishop, the Green Bay Packers let Bishop go, right as the Vikings emerged from the first phase of free agency and the draft still minus a linebacker. Bishop was the answer to the Vikings dilemma and it was announced via Twitter that he had signed a one year contract with the team.
Bishop is the latest in a line up of prestigious names that have made their move to other states and away from Green Bay. Safety Darren Sharper, kicker Ryan Longwell, quarterback Brett Favre and wide receiver Greg Jennings have also left the team, giving the appearance that the older players all make a move after they hit their prime. The Vikings have been criticised for pursuing many of Green Bay’s ageing cast offs, but it may work in their favour in the long run as experience counts greatly in a team.
Bishop was released by the Packers after a stunning 2010 and 2011 season, but in 2012 he was unable to play even once, due to a torn hamstring that he acquired in an exhibition game. It took a full six months of rehabilitation and a lot of rest for Bishop to get back to running full speed again, and you can bet he spent a lot of time enjoying other types of games such as those available at iPhonecasino.ca to keep in the competitive spirit whilst he was man down. He now states he is one hundred percent and ready to go, and is extremely confidence he can give it his all after a long, hard road to recovery.
Bishop may be a seventh year veteran but he scoffs at the thought that he could be rusty this season, or that his motivation to sign with the Vikings was to spite his old team. He will be playing against Green Bay now, but he says that he intends to help the 2012 playoff team go even further this season and that he is excited to return to Lambreau Field again, regardless of the opposition he will be facing.
One of the NFL’s most potent defences, Bishop looks set to make an impact this season and the Vikings have released linebacker Standford Keglar to make room for the ex Packer to join the team.
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