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Desmond Bishop Released, Chiefs Could Be Interested

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:

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?

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  • Nathen Arnold

    I hope we bring him in to look at.

  • Michael Shaw

    Maybe Dorsey isn’t bringing him in because he knows something we don’t????

    • Patrick Allen

      I don’t know. Dorsey probably hasn’t seen his injury report in a while. I tink even Green Bay wanted to keep him but they wanted him to take a pay cut and he wouldn’t. They tried to trade him so hey realize he has some value.

    • thabear04

      Vikings is first because he claim waivers but here some info

      Chiefs have had more contact with Leach than Leach’s agent let on to Bill Williamson of ESPN. On Arrowhead Pride, they had a post yesterday about Terrance Copper’s football camp. Bowe, Copper, McCluster recruited Leach heavily during that. Leach and Copper are very close. Leach said at the camp he wants to have a new team within 2 weeks.

      -On Bishop, Chiefs are definitely interested should his hamstring check out. It all depends on his contract demands. Bishop was a fantastic player two years ago, but who knows now. He’d be great in the starting lineup with all the LB talent we have. If he’s signed, Chiefs would still likely take all the LBs to camp and let it shake out. Zac Diles would feel the squeeze if this were to happen.

      • Jim Harper

        Again we need to be aware of how little cap room we currently have. Personally I think if it can be afforded that Leach makes more sense than Bishop. Jamaal has never had a fullback of that caliber blocking in front of him.

        • KCMikeG

          Plus no injury recovery issues with Leach.

      • Stacy D. Smith


    • KCMikeG

      Like GB didn’t want him trying to come back from injury so why would we?

      • berttheclock

        He became involved with a 3 player cap problem at LB. GB wanted him to take a cut and he refused. GB could not afford paying those 3 LBs, so, as he was the one with the injury problem, he became odd man out.

        • KCMikeG

          Thanks – wasn’t sure if it was just the injury or more to the story. If I had to choose I would take Leach over Bishop on the injury concern and Leach is the best at his position. Nico will grow into the roll in a time share with Jordan, who Reid trusts.

  • Da Menace

    He’s definitely worth a look at. Injuries are a part of the NFL, but with that said its a win now situation for everyone. I imagine the Pack sees this situation as the same and couldn’t wait. A ruptured hammy is a serious injury and of course playing at a high level re-injury of it is a high possibility..even w today’s medicine. I don’t know if he will be strong enough right away for starting but rotational until the muscle memory comes back would be an excellent option, and of course starting down the road.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    They should definitely kick Bishop’s tires, if nothing else.

  • Danny W

    If he’s healthy that’s a no brainer signing right there. We are incredibly weak opposite DJ. I think NJ is a big project and would do well to play some special teams and watch for a while.

  • Jim Harper

    They would definitely have to get creative financially to be able to fit him in under our cap. However with that being said he is only 28 and if 100% healthy with the hammie could be a terrific fit along side DJ. I think the Chiefs would prefer to see what they have in Nico. If it was my call I would pass based on Nico will have pro bowl veterans on both sides of him which I think will bring him along faster than normally.

  • michael mckee

    Here in Arizona they call bruce arians BA.mj,ar,ba,im so tired of idiotic people that keep calling people by their initials…jc is another im tired of hearing.set a good example for our retarded,illiterate kids:spell names.thank you:)

    • Patrick Allen

      Um, what?

    • chiefridgy

      Dude, you’ve made two comments in the last 4 months and you’ve been negative to fellow fans on both occasions. So you’re a chiefs fan huh?

      Here I’m going to quote you: welcome chiefs fans with the hospitality and love that those parts are known for and quit bitching….

    • William Campbell

      My six year old just is reading Oliver Twist and my 8 year old daughter is about to start reading great expectations. If your children are illiterate maybe you, as a “concerned” parent should sit down and teach them something other than ignorance (referring to your ignorant use of the word retarded) and stop blaming people for breaking down names. Just a suggestion.

    • berttheclock

      Yeah, I know what you mean. Why following my typing AR, JC, JD, TG and a few others, I had to send my Mensa application back.

      • Jim Harper

        Come clean now! You bootlegged the Mensa application didn’t you? I know because I got mine on Ebay too!

  • Calchiefsfan

    At this point I think it all comes down to $$. We have little cap room, (what a switch!) and a promising rookie. I’d love to see Bishop in a Chiefs uniform if healthy but money will be an inhibitor.

  • ladner morse

    These are the type of cuts we’re going to see more of as training camps comes and goes. Dorsey doing his due diligence can be trusted to this point. Let’s see how it all works out.

    Personally… he looks like the piece the Chiefs have been missing in this defense… IF… and that’s a big if… he’s healthy.

    • berttheclock

      G’day, Ladner. BTW, do you know how the salary works on a waiver? So, Bishop being cut would have to go through waivers. The Chiefs would have first dibs on the waiver wire. However, what salary goes with that waiver pickup and should he clear waivers, then, from that point forward would salary be strictly part of the negotiations of signing him as a FA? Would the Chiefs be better off taking the chance no other team claims him and, then, they can work a deal with him. I would imagine his trip to the VIkings would be after the 24 hour waiver wire claims would expire.
      However, with the cap room problems, having both Leach and Bishop available might make it dicey.

  • ArrowFan

    The question that needs answered is why wouldn’t GB want to keep him?

    • berttheclock

      GB could not afford to pay 3 LBs their high salaries. As he was the one with the injury problem and didn’t want to restructure his contract, he was the logical release from a financial standpoint.

      • ArrowFan

        So if we pick him up we will be fitting the bill for an high $$ ILB who may or may not be 100%? No thank you we don’t have the room for that type of move right now. If he wouldn’t play for less in GB what makes us assume that he will play for less in KC or anywhere else for that matter?

        • ArrowFan

          SO he may be willing to take less money then? If so why again did GB try harder to keep him? He seems very suspect to me.

      • berttheclock

        One correction to above comment. ESPN Wisconsin is reporting his agent said GB never asked for a pay cut. But, when, he was injured last season, Bond stepped up and played very well and was given a raise. So, with A J Hawk in the mix, Bishop became expendable and GB has been able to cut $3.464 M from their cap.

  • Lyle Graversen

    I think it comes down to if they think Bishop would be a dependable and noticeable upgrade over Akeem Jordan. Nico Johnson is still the future at that spot, but for next year Bishop is tempting.

  • paul pace

    The biggest question to me is will Bishop be 100% healthy by the time training camp begins. I don’t know much about the healing time of a ruptured hamstring tendon or if it will always be a weak area subject to injury again. Secondly, do the Chiefs have enough money under the cap to pick him up??