The Minnesota Vikings have officially added some much needed linebacker depth by signing former Packers linebacker Desmond Bishop to a one-year deal. Bishop, 28, did not play in the 2012 season after tearing his right hamstring in the Packers first preseason game of the year.
Bishop will give the Vikings and Erin Henderson more competition at the middle linebacker position, a spot that remains up for grabs. Bishop finished the 2011 season with the Green Bay Packers recording 115 tackles and five sacks. The Vikings will have the luxury to use Bishop as either an outside or middle linebacker in the upcoming season. Needless to say Erin Henderson is still in line to be the starting middle linebacker for the Vikings in the 2013 season.
In five productive seasons with the Packers, Bishop has career totals of 292 tackles, 9 sacks, 8 forced fumbles, and one interception – The interception was against the Vikings in the 2010 season.
After suffering a season ending injury last preseason, Bishop is ready for the 2013 season. “One-hundred percent and ready to go,” Bishop said.
Bishop is now part of a nice list of former Packers to join the rival Vikings. That list includes: Darren Sharper, Ryan Longwell, Brett Favre, and newly acquired receiver Greg Jennings.