Reports out of Green Bay this evening are stating that Packers are very close to releasing inside linebacker Desmond Bishop and are ready to move on with Brad Jones and A.J. Hawk as their starting ILBs – at least for the time being.
Considering Bishop has declared publicly that he is 100 percent physically after being shelved all of last season from a serious hamstring injury. The report is surprising to many, including me. We are unconvinced that the Packers are going with their best players inside, given that in 2011 Bishop was by far the Packers toughest defensive player. In that season, he finished with 115 tackles, five sacks and two forced fumbles in 13 games, but as we know, the National Football League is not about what’s been done in the past but what can be done for a team today.
Bishop and the Packers seem to be at that crossroad and if we are to believe the reports, Bishop will most likely be heading out of town sooner than later.
Here’s what Bishop had to say about how he feels these days:
“My injury side is perfect. It’s 100 percent. But I have little nicks and knacks here just from being out and trying to get back in. So we’ll see how I feel, but I don’t really want to rush it. There’s no point in rushing it right now.”
So why would the Packers move on from their seemingly best defensive player at this point? Well, clearly Packers officials feel that Jones and Hawk can do the job and also feel that untested players Terrell Manning and Sam Barrington are good enough to provide the needed depth the team needs to remain strong at the position.
Yes, Bishop reported publicly earlier this spring that he wanted to be the defensive player of the year. If he still has that dream, it sounds like he’s going to have to realize it in some other city than Green Bay.