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Packers will release Desmond Bishop on Monday

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Last week, word out of Green Bay was that the Packers were going to release linebacker Desmond Bishop if they were unable to work out a restructured contract or trade that would bring them something back in return.

The Packers have struck out on both fronts and Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Bishop will officially be released on Monday as a result. Bishop, who was due $3.464 million from the Pack in 2013, is coming off a serious hamstring injury that cost him the entire 2012 season.

Bishop did not participate in the Packers’ offseason activities as he continues to rehab the ruptured tendon he suffered in the preseason opener last season. Bishop’s indicated this offseason that he’ll be ready to go come training camp — ready enough to be the Defensive Player of the Year, in fact — and he’ll likely have to prove it to teams interested in bringing him onboard.

There should be more than a few teams asking for a look. Bishop, who tweeted out his own goodbye to Green Bay, turned in strong seasons in both 2010 and 2011 with Green Bay and, if he’s healthy, he’s a good bet to keep it up as a 29-year-old in 2013. The Packers, meanwhile, will roll with A.J. Hawk and Brad Jones at inside linebacker.

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38 Responses to “Packers will release Desmond Bishop on Monday”
  1. machester52 says: Jun 17, 2013 3:29 PM

    Dude will be a solid backer again when he gets back to 100% eventually

  2. stevent92 says: Jun 17, 2013 3:31 PM

    Leaves Green Bay on Monday, comes to Minnesota on Tuesday. Book it.

  3. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Jun 17, 2013 3:32 PM

    Welcome to minnesoda, Des.

  4. emoney826 says: Jun 17, 2013 3:33 PM

    Why are they so in love with AJ Hawk? He’s awful! We’re releasing the only inside linebacker with meanness and aggression. So stupid. I love my team but this I have to question.

  5. goraidersgospurs says: Jun 17, 2013 3:33 PM

    Next stop Oakland!!!

  6. tremoluxman says: Jun 17, 2013 3:34 PM

    Bishop + Incentive laden contract + Vikings = Win-Win

  7. purplepillager says: Jun 17, 2013 3:37 PM

    Bishop is a solid ILB. Considering the Packers D already has numerous holes, this one is going to hurt.

  8. scoops1 says: Jun 17, 2013 3:39 PM

    thanks for all your work you did against the iggles in the WC game

  9. dbones750 says: Jun 17, 2013 3:39 PM

    Dude will find a job. NYG could use him on the cheap.

  10. jack3dsd says: Jun 17, 2013 3:40 PM

    Ya lets just cut our beast in the middle even though we have cap room to spare

  11. gbmickey says: Jun 17, 2013 3:42 PM

    This one is a little puzzling and I am curious what the main reason for the move is.

  12. meetadam says: Jun 17, 2013 3:45 PM

    As a Packer fan, this move scares me. But what scares me more is the last sentence in this article…

    “The Packers, meanwhile, will roll with A.J. Hawk and Brad Jones at inside linebacker.”

    Oooof…

  13. edrubio1006 says: Jun 17, 2013 3:46 PM

    There goes his chance to make it back to the White House and past security this time.

  14. bmoritz2003 says: Jun 17, 2013 3:47 PM

    He’d be a good pickup for the Steelers, if healthy. He’d start over Foote. Reminds me of when we signed Farrior from the Jets.

  15. packerswin96 says: Jun 17, 2013 3:51 PM

    Unless he is not close to full health then I am not a fan of this at all. Our 2nd best LB’er when healthy.

  16. dwarftosser says: Jun 17, 2013 3:56 PM

    Unless his health is way worse than they are letting on, this really doesn’t make sense to me. Why cut our most solid LB? It’s hard to argue with Ted Thompson, but this just doesn’t make sense to me… neither did letting Tom Crabtree go for the small of amount of money he would take.

    In any case, good luck to Desmond Bishop. I hope he does well where ever he ends up.

  17. milkcan44 says: Jun 17, 2013 3:59 PM

    Released two starting ILBs from last season- Bishop and DJ Smith.
    Hope they have some young guys who can play.

  18. brobokil says: Jun 17, 2013 4:00 PM

    Minnesota Vikings = 2013 NFC North Champions!

  19. jhein23 says: Jun 17, 2013 4:02 PM

    2011 with Desmond Bishop in the middle – 32nd ranked defense.

    2012 without him for even 1 game – 12th ranked defense.

    Yep this is really gonna hurt Green Bay’s defense this season. Dude didn’t even play last year. Plus people forget he missed 5 games in 2011 with hamstring problems. And now he admits to Tyler Dunn he does have a slight hamstring strain right now.

  20. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Jun 17, 2013 4:04 PM

    “The Packers, meanwhile, will roll with A.J. Hawk and Brad Jones at inside linebacker.”
    __

    Okay, I’ve heard of A.J. Hawk because he’s one of the worst top-5 picks in history, but who is this Brad Jones?

  21. packmangamble says: Jun 17, 2013 4:06 PM

    Something tells me that his leg may never be back to 100% or else the Packers would not have released him.

  22. denverdougz says: Jun 17, 2013 4:06 PM

    Come on over to Denver. You can compete for a ring here

  23. thevikes99 says: Jun 17, 2013 4:08 PM

    I think he was pretty solid player, The Packers are pretty good at finding another player to step up and fill the role after a member leaves.

    I know all the jokes about the Vikings pick all the scabs from the Packers but i’d take this guy we need another lb.

  24. gbmickey says: Jun 17, 2013 4:11 PM

    Viking fans like a moth to a flame. Why dont you go comment on your own article? Oh thats right the team does not warrant more than a few token articles because based on past history we know they will be irrelevant in the end.

  25. muskyhunter2542 says: Jun 17, 2013 4:12 PM

    brobokil says:
    Jun 17, 2013 4:00 PM
    Minnesota Vikings = 2013 NFC North Champions!

    Only if Rogers gets hurt.

  26. breakingb says: Jun 17, 2013 4:13 PM

    Matt Ryan is shocked.

  27. arrowtoyourknee says: Jun 17, 2013 4:13 PM

    “Another genius move by the great Ted Thompson, best GM of all time”…? ;)

  28. muskyhunter2542 says: Jun 17, 2013 4:15 PM

    I have to think that there is more to this story. Green Bay isnt going to just let a guy go that they know that when healthy he would be better then the other 2 linebackers. One has to think that he is not going to be healthy in 2013.

    Just something just doesnt seem right about this!!!

  29. deltaoracle says: Jun 17, 2013 4:16 PM

    Didn’t participate in the OTAs; I guess that sort of tipped the scales.

  30. dkrause71 says: Jun 17, 2013 4:18 PM

    Okay, I’ve heard of A.J. Hawk because he’s one of the worst top-5 picks in history, but who is this Brad Jones?
    ———————-

    Jones graded out very well at ILB last year for the Packers. I would agree with my GB fan brothers and sisters and ask why TT loves AJ Hawk so much.

    Bishop missed OTAs, was going to make 3.64M hurt him in the end. While i get why you wouldn’t carry another ILB making that kind of coin, i don’t understand why Hawk wasn’t the guy you boot instead. I have to assume Bishop is worse off than we think or management sees something in Hawk the rest of the world doesn’t.

  31. channelguy says: Jun 17, 2013 4:23 PM

    I don’t really get this one. I can’t believe the Packers would be so silly and cheap as to cut Bishop over a fairly small amount of money when they don’t have cap issues. Only way it would make sense is if they think the injury isn’t fully healed, or won’t allow him to recover to what he was before. But if that’s the case, why would other teams be jumping to sign a medical reject?

    I also don’t really like the message that this and cutting Smith sends — get a serious injury and we’ll cut you, even though both our starters at the position are replacement-level players.

  32. 13xworldchamps says: Jun 17, 2013 4:28 PM

    You can’t let emotions get involved with injured players….The coaches, Trainers and doctors see him everyday, he has yet to pass his physical.

    The injury he had is as tough as a complete knee blow out, at 29 years old he may not get back

    The packers have Terrell Manning waiting in the wings who they moved up in the draft to get, he needs to see the field to get better…

  33. jack3dsd says: Jun 17, 2013 4:30 PM

    Brad Jones has gotten a few sacks and some tackles behind the line in his career pretty solid player and there is alot worse top 5 picks than Aj Hawk

  34. favreblows says: Jun 17, 2013 4:30 PM

    This means……you can expect to hear about a contract extension for Raji and/or Jones in the next few weeks.

    The Vikings are idiots and will certainly go after Bishop. I think they base most of their personnel moves on trying to piss off the Packers vs. doing what is best for the organization. Classic morons! LOL!

  35. jwil007 says: Jun 17, 2013 4:54 PM

    1 less dude to worry about when the Pack come to our house early in the season….Des, tell you what…call Marv ask him to replace Rey with you and then we have an interesting story when the Pack come to town…. Harrison, Bishop and Burfict…ooooooooh weeee…..

  36. GenXJay says: Jun 17, 2013 4:56 PM

    the result of spending too much.

  37. arrowgargantuan says: Jun 17, 2013 5:37 PM

    He’s hurt.

  38. tangysizzl says: Jun 17, 2013 11:14 PM

    GenXjay – the result of inbreeding.

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