Bishop says Giants are interested, too

AP

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.

40 responses to “Bishop says Giants are interested, too

  1. 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.

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Giants already signed former Vikings MLB Jasper Brinkley earlier in the off-season. Doubt they’ll offer Bishop the number he’s looking for.
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    Jasper is in Arizona but I feel what you sayin’.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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?

  13. 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.

  14. 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…

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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%.

  18. 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.

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

  20. 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…

  21. “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.

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