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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