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.

38 responses to “Packers will release Desmond Bishop on Monday

  1. 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.

  2. 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.”


  3. 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.

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

  5. 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.

  6. “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?

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

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

    Only if Rogers gets hurt.

  10. 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!!!

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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…

  14. 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

  15. 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!

  16. 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…..

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