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Report: Bishop likely to select team after meeting Chiefs

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A report from Mike Garafolo of USA Today indicates that free agent linebacker Desmond Bishop won’t be a free agent much longer.

Bishop was released by the Packers on Monday and visited with the Vikings on Wednesday before moving on to a Thursday meeting with the Chiefs. Garafolo reports that Bishop is likely to make a choice between the Super Bowl IV opponents after his meeting with Kansas City despite some reported interest from the Jaguars.

Garafolo’s report suggests the Vikings are interested in bringing Bishop aboard after his workout, which presumably means they were satisfied that he’s recovered from the hamstring injury that ruined his 2012 season. Vikings defensive coordinator Alan Williams didn’t say anything in either direction after Bishop’s workout, saying only that the choice about signing him belongs to those higher up the food chain.

“Good workout,” Williams said. “We’ll see. We’re doing our due diligence in terms of bringing guys in that are free agents. The neat thing is, I don’t have to make those decisions. I just have to coach them once they get here. Coach Leslie Frazier and [General Manager] Rick Spielman, they’re the ones that make those hard decisions.”

The Chiefs will get their chance to do their due diligence on Thursday, although General Manager John Dorsey should be pretty familiar with Bishop. He was Green Bay’s director of college scouting when Bishop was drafted and remained with the organization until landing the job in Kansas City this offseason.

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  1. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Jun 20, 2013 9:54 AM

    If he can still play, I’m in favor of signing him. He won’t be the last free agent linebacker available this summer, though. If he’s looking for big money, he’ll probably wind up in KC.

  2. flik44 says: Jun 20, 2013 9:56 AM

    I guess he’s not interested in big scoreboards…

  3. banlarson says: Jun 20, 2013 9:58 AM

    KC or MN, hmm…welcome to MN Desmond. Clearly he is limiting it to 2 teams because he wants to play in MN and is using KC for his bargaining chip. I wonder if the Vikes should put a little g on the back of their helmets since GB is basically our minor league system.

  4. reesesteel23 says: Jun 20, 2013 9:59 AM

    Vikings

  5. GenXJay says: Jun 20, 2013 10:01 AM

    Vikings.

  6. fluffy19 says: Jun 20, 2013 10:01 AM

    Hope the vikes add him…but not if they have to break the bank.

  7. waitstop says: Jun 20, 2013 10:04 AM

    It’s odd that the Packers would cut him if other teams think he’s healthy enough to sign.

    But, saying that, if he’s ready to go I’d love to see him in KC. Good player who would probably look great with those other three Pro Bowl linebackers. I think you could argue that, on paper right now, the Chiefs would have the best secondary and (with adding a healthy Bishop) no question the best linebacking corps in the NFL.

    …on paper, in the offseason…

  8. scottieplongballs says: Jun 20, 2013 10:07 AM

    Please go to the Vikes! We need a mlb bad AND it would be fun for him to pick up an unnessisary roughness penalty on Arodge

  9. The Prophet says: Jun 20, 2013 10:09 AM

    I think with either team he’s in a pretty good spot. Good for Bishop.

  10. TeamBalco says: Jun 20, 2013 10:09 AM

    Seriously, I played high school “BasketBall” against this dude. Crazy athletic ability. I wish him well, wherever he goes.

  11. kcrobert10 says: Jun 20, 2013 10:10 AM

    The more lb the better. We have a hole next to Johnson. Not speaking badly about the recently deceased but Mr belcher was replaceable at best.

  12. purpleguy says: Jun 20, 2013 10:14 AM

    It would almost be worth it if he signed with the Chiefs so the world wouldn’t have to again read the oh-so-original Packer fan “sloppy second” comments.

  13. mp4pack says: Jun 20, 2013 10:45 AM

    The Vikings will not be outbid when it comes to an ex-Packer.

  14. len462 says: Jun 20, 2013 10:48 AM

    I don’t get it… Are the Vikings not supposed to try and sign arguably the best linebacker left on the F/A market because he played for a division rival? The better question is “What goes on in Green Bay that makes all their players want to sign with division rivals when their time there is up?”

  15. huskerguy says: Jun 20, 2013 10:48 AM

    Funny comment about being the Vikings minor league team… All the MVPs, titles, etc prove that we’ll thought out statement perfectly.

  16. mavajo says: Jun 20, 2013 10:49 AM

    The Packers typically don’t let guys walk away if they’ve still got a lot to offer. Buyer beware.

    Will be interesting to observe Jennings, Woodson and Bishop this year.

  17. filthymcnasty1 says: Jun 20, 2013 11:02 AM

    Bishop is worth more because he carries some of the Packer mystique, like all of their ex players.

    Unfortunately the Vikings haven’t been able to parlay all that mystique into any meaningful success. They’re overburdened with the stench of losing in MN.

  18. puntonfirstdown says: Jun 20, 2013 11:04 AM

    Keep in mind the Vikings salivate over all of the Packers REJECTS.

  19. fwippel says: Jun 20, 2013 11:06 AM

    I’d like to see the Vikings add him, but they don’t have a lot of cap room right now. Hopefully they can work something out, because that defense needs him.

  20. Bluestree says: Jun 20, 2013 11:07 AM

    KC. It’s his best chance to play his home games on one of the league’s great homefields. Overall, the future in Mn is a little sketchy, KC offers stability, and a tradition of great linebackers. Green Bay could have hung on to him, but gave him a chance to get with another team in time to have a full camp. Bish is a great guy, appreciates his time in Green Bay, and has a connection in John Dorsey. No sour grapes like Greg. He’s a team guy, and KC is building a great defense that he could prosper in.

  21. taintedsaints2009 says: Jun 20, 2013 11:08 AM

    Is be surprised if the Vikings can offer him enough money.

  22. Bluestree says: Jun 20, 2013 11:10 AM

    “What goes on in Green Bay that makes all their players want to sign with division rivals when their time there is up?”
    Uh, that would be the business of pro football, which aging former stars sometimes have problems with.

  23. iejdaniel says: Jun 20, 2013 11:10 AM

    “The Packers typically don’t let guys walk away if they’ve still got a lot to offer. Buyer beware.”

    Longwell and Sharper did okay, after they fled that dump.

  24. whatjusthapped says: Jun 20, 2013 11:12 AM

    Depends on how bad his injury is. If he can’t play a lick and wants a big contract, then its the Vikings. If he wants to compete and make the playoffs, then its the Chiefs.

  25. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Jun 20, 2013 11:12 AM

    mavajo says:Jun 20, 2013 10:49 AM

    The Packers typically don’t let guys walk away if they’ve still got a lot to offer. Buyer beware.
    ____

    Really? I can think of Favre, Sharper, and Longwell as three examples of guys who had a lot left to offer, and did.

  26. zoellner25 says: Jun 20, 2013 11:16 AM

    Vikings for training camp, then 2 games, then IR. There is a reason GB cut him.

  27. thejuddstir says: Jun 20, 2013 11:20 AM

    mavajo says:
    Jun 20, 2013 10:49 AM
    The Packers typically don’t let guys walk away if they’ve still got a lot to offer. Buyer beware.
    =============================
    Hmmmm, Favre took Vikes to NFC Championship game, Sharper was All-Pro helped Vikes and then helped saints* win SB, Longwell missed only 26 FG’s in his 6yrs with the Vikes whereas his replacement in GB, Mr. Crosby missed 46 in the same time period. GB wanted to resign Jennings but were outbid by Vikes so it kind of shoots Mavajo’s theory in the azz. GB let’s players go, not because of their ability to perform but mainly becuz of the money. Also, posters like to jump on Minny for signing these 4 ex-Packers but GB has signed “3 Ex-Vikings” in same time period but none of them have produced. Packer fans, do the names Gilbert Brown, Koren Robinson and Robert Francois ring a bell with you dimwits????? Yep, all ex-vikings that the packers signed who did nothing for GB but no one in GB would think of blaming TT for his failures, LOL

  28. yelix says: Jun 20, 2013 11:45 AM

    As much as I’d like to have a quality starting ILB next to Derrick Johnson in KC, it might be tough to make that happen. The Chiefs don’t have a ton of cap room, and they still haven’t signed the #1 pick in the draft.

  29. faultylogic29 says: Jun 20, 2013 11:58 AM

    @thejuddstir

    If you really think Gilbert Brown did nothing for the Packers, you have no idea what you’re talking about.

  30. norwegianwud says: Jun 20, 2013 12:14 PM

    Vikes still have 3 1st rd. draft picks to sign w/ something like $7 mil. to the cap. Likely need to ship somebody out to sign him. I’d say KC will be more aggressive with the $$$.

  31. rpiotr01 says: Jun 20, 2013 12:15 PM

    Every situation is different. This guy is coming off an injury with pretty much a 50% fail rate for guys even getting back on the field, let alone picking up where they left off. Mentally and attitude wise he’s a beast, but his game is explosion and this type of injury will sap that.

    Buyer beware.

  32. stevent92 says: Jun 20, 2013 12:24 PM

    Vikings passed on the Bears’ seconds (Urlacher) and there is no guarantee they’ll bring Bishop in.

    Only in Green Bay is a 29-year old Wide Receiver and Linebacker “aging” and “washed-up.” I forgot, how old was Woodson when he signed in free agency? Of course, they still believe Jermichael Finley is set to have his fifth-straight breakout season, so I put very little stock in GB Fan-player analysis.

  33. obsessedvikingfan says: Jun 20, 2013 12:25 PM

    I love how Packer fans always bring up no titles for the Vikings. Which is true. But, since the Vikings have been a franchise, they have won an NFL Championship and in the time that MN has had a franchise, GB has only won 2 titles. Yes, 2 more than MN. It is not like they have 10 titles in the last 50 years. They have 2.

    Will they ever win one? Don’t know. I hope so. But San Fran, Dallas, Baltimore, New England and more all have the same if not more titles. GB is just one of the oldest franchises but comparing them to other “Younger” franchises, they are sucking hind tat to a lot of them.

  34. ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Jun 20, 2013 12:25 PM

    Kansas City would be a terrible, terrible place for him to go. It is very cold in Kansas in the winter time, unlike a place named green bay which, although I have never been there, sounds warm and beautiful. I also believe Kansas City Chiefs is a racist name and I wouldn’t go there until they change the team name to something non racist, like the Kansas City Kitties! That would be cool, instead of wearing helmets they could just have a pullover kitty head. Wow, what a great idea. I know, thanks.

  35. ponderthedumpoffking says: Jun 20, 2013 12:26 PM

    Look up ruptured hamstrings in the NFL.

    The odds are not in Bishops favor. I think 8 of the last 10 never played another full season.

    But hey, I guess that fits in with the Vikings mantra:

    “Since we suck at drafting, we will just take whoever the 13 time world champions discard, no matter what condition they’re in.”

    Pretty sure that will be etched in some granite in your new stadium.

  36. themagicfanguy says: Jun 20, 2013 12:27 PM

    @thejudd The players GB signed from the Queens were depth players that were never meant to really see too much time. Plus, they were signed for next to nothing. Did you happen to forget that 1 or 2 of them have a SB run from their time in GB? So apparently TT does alright.

    Funny you mention Favre, Sharper, and Longwell. Yes they did okay as Queens, but every one of them was overpaid. Not to mention that ya’ll still couldn’t win even with those players. NFC Chamionship? Only a Queen would care about getting that far.
    Real teams play for rings.

  37. jhein23 says: Jun 20, 2013 12:30 PM

    Gilbert Brown was outstanding for the Packers. Mike Shanahan and the Broncos admitted that they were more concerned about him than Reggie White going into SB 32. So you’re an idiot if you think he did nothing for the Packers. The Pack was outstanding agains the run in the mid to late 90s mostly because of him.

  38. jhein23 says: Jun 20, 2013 12:31 PM

    And JSonline just did article showing the players Ted Thompson let leave or released – he’s been right faaar more than he’s been wrong. Even Favre – an ok season with the Jets, outstanding 1 season with Minnesota, than a horrible season. Would you rather have that or Aaron Rodgers in his prime putting up Brady/Manning numbers?

  39. thejuddstir says: Jun 20, 2013 12:37 PM

    faultylogic29 says:
    Jun 20, 2013 11:58 AM
    @thejuddstir

    If you really think Gilbert Brown did nothing for the Packers, you have no idea what you’re talking about.
    ===========================
    Typical packer “logic”. Packer fans claim that Favre, Sharper, Longwell “did nothing” after GB left them go but when confronted with ex vikes that packers signed, Koren Robinson, Robert Francois and Gilbert Brown…….they say that no one else knows what they’re talking about. Too damn funny. Gilbert Brown did contribute, no arguement there, but then how can you say that Favre, Sharper, Longwell were all washed up when released by GB?????? Also, interesting that you only mention Gilbert Brown but have no comments about Koren Robinson or Robert Francois. I will gladly listen to your rational arguements when you address the entire issue on any topic but don’t try and “cherry pick” your spots and then try to come off as trying to know it all.

  40. jhein23 says: Jun 20, 2013 12:52 PM

    HOW IS MINNESOTA THE MAJOR LEAGUE TEAM AND GB THE MINOR LEAGUE SYSTEM??? The Packers are 6-1 versus Minnesota over the past 3 seasons have the far better record in that time, a SB trophy. And a few of the games were blowouts. So please explain that to me?

  41. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Jun 20, 2013 12:52 PM

    Remember when Koren Robinson was arrested for driving to Vikings training camp 100 mph drunk? The Vikings cut him immediately and the Packers couldn’t wait to snatch him up, even though he was facing a one-year suspension. Packer fans don’t talk about that much, but we remember.

  42. vikescry1 says: Jun 20, 2013 12:54 PM

    @len462 the vikings always pay more that’s why players want to go there. TT record for letting players go at the right time is almost always on point. I wasn’t happy they let bishop go but I understand its a business to. Either way if he plays in purple and dyes his hair blonde than the best of luck to ya.

  43. ponderthedumpoffking says: Jun 20, 2013 1:06 PM

    Jhein, one good season in three is outstanding if you’re a Vikings fan.

    We just have to understand that our standards are higher.

  44. jimmysee says: Jun 20, 2013 1:08 PM

    Comparing kickers between Green Bay and Minnesota is pretty funny.

    One kicks on grass in howling winds outdoors in the dead of winter.

    The other kicks on carpet in climate controlled comfort.

    That’s why Longwell left — along with a way bigger payday than the Packers were willing to give.

    And Longwell was part of the gang of three that jetted down to Hattiesburg in Ziggy’s private plane to convince Brett to give it that one last go in his final season.

    That *was* a brilliant move!

  45. faultylogic29 says: Jun 20, 2013 1:57 PM

    @thejuddstir

    So it was wrong of me to note that you were clearly wrong about Gilbert Brown?

    Ok, whatever. You can bash TT all you want but he got us one more Super Bowl than any GM has every gotten for the Vikings.

  46. filthymcnasty1 says: Jun 20, 2013 2:19 PM

    I wonder if bridge safety creeps into the decision making process?

  47. jhein23 says: Jun 20, 2013 2:28 PM

    obsessedvikingfan – You must not be very obsessed because the Vikings came into the NFL in 1961 – last time I checked the Packers won 5 championships including 2 SB’s in the 1960s. So they have won 7 championships since the Vikings existed. Look it up. You don’t know what your talking about either about the Vikings and when they came into the league or know nothing about profootball history. Vince Lombardi’s name is on the SB trophy because of the 1960s.

  48. smartestpackerfan says: Jun 20, 2013 2:51 PM

    Sadly for us Packer fans every Packer that goes to the Vikings end up doing a lot better than they did with our crappy coaching staff.

  49. tokyosandblaster says: Jun 20, 2013 3:35 PM

    C’mon, guys.

    These Vikes fans deserve our pity. What has their team accomplished? Nothing. 53 years of ineptitude starts driving fans crazy.

    I mean, they HAVE to talk a big game in the offseason because they literally can’t once the teams start playing.

    When all else fails, they start trying to say that division titles are better than Super Bowl wins.

  50. ponderthedumpoffking says: Jun 20, 2013 3:43 PM

    smartestpackerfan says:
    Jun 20, 2013 2:51 PM
    Sadly for us Packer fans every Packer that goes to the Vikings end up doing a lot better than they did with our crappy coaching staff.

    —-

    Couldn’t agree more. All the Vikings fans have to say is “kiss the rings” and we have no reply.

  51. voicefreason says: Jun 20, 2013 3:50 PM

    Umm.. A little issue with inferiority complex Tokyo? LOL! Its fine to be a little jealous all your players want to go to Minnesota. Deal with it Buddy.

  52. deltaoracle says: Jun 20, 2013 4:04 PM

    Bishop is or at least was a really good thumper. Pass coverage? Not really. And the Packers have been known to pass. So if Mini wants to plug him in, well good luck to everyone.
    And obsessedvikingfan – really? Wow, you must be one of those Mini fans who likes to say “Okay, let’s examine the complete history of the rivalry – starting after the Packers won their third world title in a row in ’67.

  53. allday28mvpmvp says: Jun 20, 2013 4:08 PM

    Funny how Packer fans say the Vikes like the Packers “rejects”. I remember when Favre came here and promptly spanked A.Rodgers TWICE. Showed him how a starters supposed to play.
    “That’s how u wear your big boy pants #12″ Favre could be heard yelling. “rejects” Right…
    Watch Jennings be a monster this year

  54. ponderthedumpoffking says: Jun 20, 2013 4:47 PM

    allday28mvpmvp says:
    Jun 20, 2013 4:08 PM
    Funny how Packer fans say the Vikes like the Packers “rejects”. I remember when Favre came here and promptly spanked A.Rodgers TWICE. Showed him how a starters supposed to play.
    “That’s how u wear your big boy pants #12″ Favre could be heard yelling. “rejects” Right…
    Watch Jennings be a monster this year

    So you’ll agree that you think one good year in three is great.

    Vikings fans. Accepting .333 as dominant since their inception.

  55. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Jun 20, 2013 5:33 PM

    @obsessed –

    Get off our side.

  56. GenXJay says: Jun 20, 2013 7:18 PM

    As long as the Vikings ruin the packer playoff hopes, take down certain cheesy players, &/or keep fear going in wannabe reality stars little hearts; they can be .333 all decade long.

  57. tokyosandblaster says: Jun 21, 2013 12:22 AM

    GenXJay says:
    Jun 20, 2013 7:18 PM
    As long as the Vikings ruin the packer playoff hopes, take down certain cheesy players, &/or keep fear going in wannabe reality stars little hearts; they can be .333 all decade long.

    —-

    13 and counting.

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