Ex-Packer Desmond Bishop Bolsters Vikings Linebacker Corps

Posted Jun 24, 2013

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The end of a three-day mini-camp last Thursday marked the conclusion of the Vikings offseason program, but that doesn’t mean all is quiet at Winter Park. The team’s front office continued its perpetual effort to add talent to the roster by signing free agent linebacker Desmond Bishop.

A familiar face to Vikings fans, Bishop crosses the border after playing six seasons for the rival Green Bay Packers. He was selected by Green Bay in the sixth round of the 2007 NFL Draft out of California and methodically worked his way up the depth chart to eventually become an integral part of the Packers defensive unit.

Bishop played a reserve role in Green Bay for much of 2007-09, but he became a regular starter in middle of 2010 when Nick Barnett was injured. Bishop, who measures in at 6-2, 238 pounds, went on to start 12 games that regular season and also played a key role in the Packers run to a championship, recovering a key fumble during Green Bay’s Super Bowl XLV victory. In that season, Bishop was constantly around the ball as he collected 103 tackles, 3.0 sacks, two forced fumbles and one interception.

Bishop re-signed with Green Bay in 2011 and registered another productive season, collecting 100 tackles, 5.0 sacks and two forced fumbles. He was released from Green Bay this offseason after missing all of 2012 while on the Reserve/Injured list because of an injury sustained in a preseason game.