Once again, Packers G.M. Ted Thompson has re-signed one of his developing young players for the long haul. This time, it came at a very team-friendly price.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Packers linebacker Desmond Bishop, 26, has agreed to a four-year, $19 million extension with the team. That’s nice coin for a former sixth-round pick, but it’s a steal considering Bishop’s versatile play this year.
Long considered a toolsy linebacker that Packers fans wanted to see more of, Bishop has emerged as a quality starter following Nick Barnett’s injury. Bishop has 103 tackles, three sacks, two forced fumbles, and an interception this season.
Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com writes that Bishop’s deal indicates that either Barnett or A.J. Hawk likely won’t be back next year. Hawk certainly needs to re-negotiate his contract to return, although that’s been the case all along. (Hawk is due $10 million next season. Barnett is due $6 million.)
At such a reasonable price for Bishop, it’s possible the Packers could bring back all three. The Packers have options, which is exactly what Thompson wants.