The Packers said goodbye to Desmond Bishop today. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Desmond Bishop signs with Vikings


Desmond Bishop signed a one-year contract to play with the Minnesota Vikings in 2013.
Raymond T. Rivard photograph

The Minnesota Vikings, that scrapheap of former Green Bay Packers players, have one more to put in their trophy case – oh wait – that’s right, the Vikings don’t have a trophy case.

That aside, the news this afternoon that former Packers inside linebacker Desmond Bishop has taken his services to the Vikings comes as no surprise. We all know how the Vikings seem to salivate every time a Packers player is released and waste no time in running out the contract papers to the tarmac.

All kidding aside, I’m glad Bishop found a new home. I’m not glad it was Minnesota.

Bishop was considering contract options with the Vikings, Kansas City Chiefs and New York Giants over the weekend and finally decided this afternoon that his best fit was Minnesota.

According to Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press Gazette, here is what Bishop will be getting:


Clearly, it wasn’t a bank-breaking deal as the Vikings will experiment with Bishop for a single season. That’s the best he could do because of the season-ending injury he suffered last season. The Packers, who wanted Bishop to restructure a deal that would have paid him $3.46 million in 2013, released him instead.

Bishop will be playing for a whole lot less this year.

But one thing he did accomplish was to throw one more knot into the Vikings vs. Packers rivalry.

Let the trash talking continue.

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  • Taryn Miller

    Wishing Bishop the best,however,this new knot in the rivalry you speak of Ray,I fear will unravel not long down the road.

    • Kevin

      Wow that was mighty unlike a Packer fan of you, actually wishing one of your ex players well rather than throwing him under a bus. Thanks Packers for the nice pickup. I will get much pleasure when he puts the smack down on you this season. Skoll Vikings!

      • Max Bentley Graves

        Desmond Bishop adds some steam to a feisty D, he also has to compete on the that busted up hamstring with a guy who isnt too reluctant to give up the mike (MLB) in erin henderson its gonna be something to watch. VIKINGS

      • Taryn Miller

        Throwing a player under the bus for attempting to keep playing is…pathetic.But the risk the Vikes took in signing him may prove that you’re throwing yourselves under the bus.GO PACK GO!

      • Mike Brand

        better hope he can play before you start bragging lol