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.