Desmond Bishop returns to 49ers

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The 49ers have been talking to a variety of free agent linebackers in recent days and they signed one of them on Tuesday.

Desmond Bishop’s agent told Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee that Bishop will return to the team on a one-year deal. Bishop signed with the team late last season after injuries gutted their linebacking corps and made two tackles in two games with the team.

Bishop also spent time with the Cardinals in 2014 and played four games for the Vikings in 2013 after missing the entire 2012 season. Before moving to Minnesota, Bishop spent five seasons with the Packers. He was a starter for the final two of those seasons and totaled more than 100 tackles each season while also recording eight sacks.

Bishop will likely fight for time behind NaVorro Bowman and Michael Wilhoite as long as Bowman has recovered from the knee injury that kept him out for all of last year. Nick Moody and Shayne Skov are also on hand as reserve options for the Niners in the wake of the retirements of Patrick Willis and Chris Borland this month.

11 responses to “Desmond Bishop returns to 49ers

  1. Now, can he play qb is the real question?? . The defense was never the problem. Even w.o pwill bowman and aldon, they were still a good defense. They’ve been needing a CB for years now. They’re intent on blaming the receiving corp and babying kaepernick. Imagine if Tom Brady had Crabtree boldin Stevie J, and frank gore ?? Niners 7-9 tops next season .

  2. Look at those Santa Claries, they could actually win a game or two this year.

    Well, maybe not.

  3. Seattle’s backup MLB last year was KJ Wright, but since Malcolm Smith signed with Oakland, and O’Briend Schofield left as a free agent, the Sea Turkeys will have nobody to back up Bobby Wagner.

  4. Solid depth signing none the less…im actually excited to see how good wilhoite can be playing next to bowman this year…even if bowman can come back playing at maybe at 85 percent or so hes still a pro bowl lb…and when borland came in wilhoite really came on strong…imagine what he could look like playing next to bowman! We’d be really strong up the middle defensively with Dorsey Williams and Reid and beathea…not to shabby if you ask me

  5. Just another of Baalke’s propensity to sign a boatload of old, used-up crap on the cheap. Kind of like throwing spaghetti at the wall to see what sticks.

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