The GreenBay Packers released ILB Desmond Bishop today, leading to speculation that the Kansas City Chiefs could scoop him up.
Chiefs GM John Dorsey, because of his time in GreenBay, is the obvious connection here.
Bishop got released after missing all of last season with a ruptured hamstring tendon. Ouch. That sounds really painful.
Bishop was one of the few defensive bright spots as the Packers’ leading tackler in 2011 before missing the 2012 season with a ruptured right hamstring. The Packers once thought highly enough of Bishop to give him a four-year, $19 million contract, but now it looks like they will give the position to Brad Jones after Jones exceeded expectations in run support and pass coverage last season.
Cutting Bishop gives the Packers $3.464 million more in salary-cap room, Joel Corry of The National Football Post reported Monday. Bishop will count $800,000 on the 2014 salary cap, according to Corry.
Still recovering from hamstring surgery, Bishop was limited to side work during the Packers’ recent minicamp. Although he expects to get the green light for training camp, the injury might have played a role in his release.
At full strength, Bishop would be a key addition to the Chiefs’ front seven. In 2011, Pro Football Focus graded him at +11.0 for the season. He made an impact in both the running game and the passing game. He was graded a +5.6 in run D and a +5.7 in pass rushing. He was also credited for 47 stops, wich led the team.
In 2010, Bishop was even better, grading out at a +24.6 on the season. FF had him as the best player on the Green Bay defense. By a mile.
Bishop is a quality player and if he is healthy, the Chiefs need to get their hands on him. He’d be a serious upgrade over any of the players the Chiefs currently have competing for playing time next to Derrick Johnson.
Desmond is apparently scheduled to visit the Vikings tomorrow:
— Jason Wilde (@jasonjwilde) June 17, 2013
If I am John Dorsey, I am doing everything I can to get Bishop in for a look. If his hamstring really will be healed by training camp, the Chiefs would be wise to go hard after this player.
What do you think, Addicts? Should the Chiefs go after Bishop or stick with the players they have?