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Bishop says Giants are interested, too

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Linebacker Desmond Bishop may not be choosing his next team after meeting with the Chiefs, after all.

At a time when Bishop is believed to be close to narrowing his options, they could be expanding beyond the Vikings, Chiefs, and Jaguars.  The former Packers linebacker joined SiriusXM NFL Radio on Thursday to explain that there’s a new team in the mix.

“The Giants and Jacksonville,” Bishop told Tim Ryan and Pat Kirwan regarding the player’s post-Chiefs possibilities.  “The Giants and Jacksonville are the next two that are interested.   Actually, the Niners called but of course, you know, they’re kind of set over there.  I appreciate their interest in me regardless.  But the Giants, which is a real good situation, and Jacksonville as well.”

While it seems obvious based on Bishop’s comments that he won’t be heading to San Francisco, a trip to the Giants could be in his immediate future.

The expansion of Bishop’s potential destinations suggests that he doesn’t like the sound of any numbers discussed to date.  If so, it’s not a surprise.  The market for veteran players has dried up considerably in 2013.

Concerns regarding Bishop’s health also could be a factor, given that he suffered a serious hamstring injury in 2012.

“I don’t feel that at all,” Bishop said.  “I wake up and I don’t know what leg it is.  I’m 100 percent.”

If so, the Packers could regret letting him go.  There’s a 100 percent chance he’s motivated to make that happen.

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40 Responses to “Bishop says Giants are interested, too”
  1. ponderthedumpoffking says: Jun 20, 2013 7:10 PM

    Everyone says that when they want to get a lot of money.

    History is not on your side, sir.

    But best wishes for your future.

  2. afcdomination says: Jun 20, 2013 7:13 PM

    if he wants to showcase his talents for a year he should take an incentive based 1 year deal in KC or New York, but if he wants money it won’t be from either of those teams as they are both cap strapped.

  3. vikesandravens78 says: Jun 20, 2013 7:21 PM

    Giants already signed former Vikings MLB Jasper Brinkley earlier in the off-season. Doubt they’ll offer Bishop the number he’s looking for.

  4. ninefingers9 says: Jun 20, 2013 7:21 PM

    This guy wants the chance to rack up a some unsportsmanlike penalties twice a year on Rodgers! He’ll sign with the V!

  5. jhein23 says: Jun 20, 2013 7:23 PM

    All the Vikings fans on this site made in sound like as soon as Bishop visited he would sign immediately. You know because they are so stacked over there with talent, easily a 13 or 14 win team he would love to be a part of. Yep the same team that is 1-7 versus the Packers over the past 3 seasons including a few blowouts.

  6. thesteelers says: Jun 20, 2013 7:24 PM

    Will someone just sign this nobody so he is out of the news!

  7. purpleguy says: Jun 20, 2013 7:24 PM

    The Vikes and Chiefs only offered one-year contracts — that’s why he’s still looking. Vikes have the most cap room, but I suspect they are making the contract incentive-laden.

  8. filthymcnasty1 says: Jun 20, 2013 7:25 PM

    He’s obviously reluctant to sign with the hapless, tasteless Vikings.

  9. sikoix says: Jun 20, 2013 7:26 PM

    I almost feel bad for Jaguar fans — doesn’t seem like he’s taking Jax seriously at all aside from using their interest as leverage in contract negotiations.

  10. garyman1 says: Jun 20, 2013 7:30 PM

    I appreciate all Bishop did for the Pack but I”m now of the opinion it’s better to release a player a year early instead of a year late.

  11. GenXJay says: Jun 20, 2013 7:32 PM

    Awesome!
    3 out 3 Teams that the “reality stars” of cheese bay cannot stand & fear.

  12. mvp43 says: Jun 20, 2013 7:34 PM

    Of course he’s going to say that. If Bishop was 100% he’d still be a Packer. Fact is, he couldn’t participate in any team activities which obviously factored in the decision to release him. I don’t blame the Packers at all on this one. Nearly 30 coming off a nasty injury with a 3.4 million dollar salary.

  13. daringanttsux says: Jun 20, 2013 7:44 PM

    Bishop is great if he’s healthy enough. Can’t stress that enough as a Packer fan. Sort of a poor-mans Ray Lewis (Which is a great player still)

  14. irishgary says: Jun 20, 2013 7:46 PM

    Vikings will probably up their offer to 12 million/yr

  15. bluefunk72 says: Jun 20, 2013 7:52 PM

    No more signings until Cruz gets a new contract!

  16. stellarperformance says: Jun 20, 2013 7:55 PM

    He’s not getting any offers better than what the reduced offer from the Packers was. He may still be back….but really…..I don’t care any more.

  17. bluefunk72 says: Jun 20, 2013 8:00 PM

    Giants already signed former Vikings MLB Jasper Brinkley earlier in the off-season. Doubt they’ll offer Bishop the number he’s looking for.
    —————————————————-

    Jasper is in Arizona but I feel what you sayin’.

  18. blueballz77 says: Jun 20, 2013 8:03 PM

    vikingsravens78 Jasper Brinkleysigned with the Cards not Giants

  19. trapshoot says: Jun 20, 2013 8:38 PM

    Even he did not discount ending back in Green Bay.

  20. patmccabe69 says: Jun 20, 2013 9:09 PM

    Vikings love sloppy seconds!

  21. teal379 says: Jun 20, 2013 9:44 PM

    If he was as healthy as he says and the docs could prove it and if he’s as good as certain fanbases would like us all to believe – he’d have a good offer already.

    An offer that wouldn’t allow him to leave and check out other places.

    Hasn’t happened. Either he’s not healthy enough (which is why the Pack cut him) or he’s not good enough (which may be evident from his inability to cover guys in the passing game, he’s not super quick and a ruptured hamstring isn’t helping him get faster)

    Wish him well but let’s be real – he’s going to bounce around a bit because of a combination of those 2 things. Health and pass coverage.

  22. bigbosscrispy says: Jun 20, 2013 9:46 PM

    Ok- that’s all the giants need, another washed up scrub LB to anchor our piss poor back 7…. This year is gonna be tuff for us big blue fans

  23. albanyjints says: Jun 20, 2013 9:56 PM

    Come to Big Blue, please.

  24. larrydavid7000 says: Jun 20, 2013 10:22 PM

    Bishop go play for the vikings. so you can pound the team that gave up on you.

  25. jankia says: Jun 20, 2013 10:25 PM

    No matter if its in Green Bay again or somewehere else…Bishop will eventually be forced to sign for the minimum if he wants another chance to play.

  26. vikescry1 says: Jun 20, 2013 10:32 PM

    purpleguy says:
    Jun 20, 2013 7:24 PM
    The Vikes and Chiefs only offered one-year contracts — that’s why he’s still looking. Vikes have the most cap room, but I suspect they are making the contract incentive-laden. ——————————————————————————————————————————— you must be an awesome negotiator! being that you know what they offered him??? by the way the vikings are only about 7 million under right now and still have all 3 of their first round picks to get under contract yet… where will they find the money?

  27. granadafan says: Jun 20, 2013 11:37 PM

    The Packers are going to regret this knee jerk release of Bishop. He’s a very very good player who has a motor that won’t quit. Best of luck to Bishop wherever he goes to continue his career.

  28. bowmanj35 says: Jun 20, 2013 11:55 PM

    Just a hunch, I’m guessing teams wanna see him like, uh, run hard before paying him to and watching him shred the oil hammy again.

  29. drush127 says: Jun 21, 2013 3:50 AM

    The Giants are a perfect landing spot for Bishop.

  30. 13xworldchamps says: Jun 21, 2013 8:14 AM

    we always here take away Aaaron Rodgers and the Packers have nothing…..Duh, he’s a league MVP, Superbowl MVP, Superbowl winning QB, with the highest QB rating in NFL history.

    Take away AD, What do the Vikings have? A bad defense with an OLD D line, a bad QB with No receivers.

    When it’s all said nand doone and the emotion is taken out of this, facts are facts….

    in the last 4 years, 50-21, 2 division Titles, two wildcards and a Superbow. Not to mention that during our last two NFC division winning years we are 17-1, beating the Bears in the NFC title game, and the Vikings in the Wildcard…

  31. ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Jun 21, 2013 8:34 AM

    Bishop is a terrible player. I hope he ends up in Jacksonville so the Colts can run right through him like all those NFC teams did to the Packers last year.

  32. themostlogicalofvoices says: Jun 21, 2013 8:47 AM

    He’s starting to find out what his value is to other teams. Wouldn’t surprise me at all if he ends up back with the Packers for a lot less money than his previous contract. Those hurt feelings from getting cut probably start to diminish when you realize nobody wants to pay you what you feel you are worth. Maybe Bishop should call up Dwight Freeney and talk to him about it.

  33. banlarson says: Jun 21, 2013 8:54 AM

    If Bishop checked out physically he wouldn’t have left MN, that’s what they do when they like someone, especially given our LB corp at this time. Greenway just had his knee scoped, they are asking Henderson to play a new position and you have a 4th round pick they are hoping to play his old spot. Doesn’t give you a warm and fuzzy. Throw in a “healthy” Bishop and problem solved. Vikes have plenty of cap space, the guy is not 100%.

  34. SAV says: Jun 21, 2013 9:15 AM

    This guy has a big mouth, I can see him as a Giant for sure.

  35. thurin1 says: Jun 21, 2013 9:59 AM

    If the Giants offer any FA a significant deal it will mean they have given up on signing Cruz to a long term deal and that probably won’t happen.

  36. allday28mvpmvp says: Jun 21, 2013 11:09 AM

    Look at all the teams that want Bishop…. Guess GB just couldn’t pay him. their cap situation is AWFUL. Terrible team

  37. theytukrjobs says: Jun 21, 2013 1:08 PM

    There just might not be that much interest in him. If he left the Chiefs without a contract that doesn’t bode very well.

  38. 52lightsxout52 says: Jun 21, 2013 1:28 PM

    ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Jun 21, 2013 8:34 AM

    Bishop is a terrible player. I hope he ends up in Jacksonville so the Colts can run right through him like all those NFC teams did to the Packers last year.
    Bishop is not a ‘terrible player’ as you say. He is a physical player and a superb run defender. One of the reasons Green Bay’s defense got gashed by San Francisco last year was because Bishop was not in the lineup. As I’ve written elsewhere, Ted Thompson isn’t going to let a guy like this walk unless there is a good reason, and it’s probably because his injury situation isn’t as well as advertised. There is an outside chance that he winds up back in GB anyway if he doesn’t get an offer to his liking on the open market…

  39. jjackwagon says: Jun 21, 2013 2:44 PM

    “If he left the Chiefs without a contract that doesn’t bode very well.” Why? The fact is they just don’t need him.

    They already have two Pro-Bowl Linebackers in Hali & Johnson. Houston was an PB alternate as a rookie.
    Maybe they just don’t need to take a chance on a 30-something LB coming off a serious injury. Or perhaps they weren’t willing to pay what he wanted.

  40. tuucamaron says: Jun 22, 2013 2:15 AM

    The giants gave a contract to the mlb from dallas not the Vikings

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