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Desmond Bishop To Visit Chiefs

On Monday, the Green Bay Packers released ILB Desmond Bishop and according to Ian Rapoport, Bishop will visit the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday.


Bishop is reportedly meeting with the Minnesota Vikings today. Should the Vikes let him leave without a contract, KC is up next. As Rapoport notes, Bishop plans to arrive on Wednesday and visit on Thursday.

It makes total sense that the Chiefs would go after Bishop. Despite drafting Nico Johnson, KC’s ILB situation is far from solidified. A healthy Bishop could step in immediately and start next to Derrick Johnson. If Bishop can still play like he did in 2010 and 2011, the Chiefs would likely have the best linebacking group in the NFL.

By a mile.

Bishop missed all of last season with a ruptured hamstring tendon but he is scheduled to be ready to go by training camp. If healthy, signing Bishop is a no-brainer for the Chiefs.

The problem, is Minnesota.

The Vikings somehow got themselves to the top of Bishop’s visit list. If Minnesota really wants him, they will likely roll out the red carpet and ensure that Bisop never makes it to Kansas City.

Thankfully, the Chiefs have John Dorsey as their GM. Bishop and Dorsey were together in Green Bay so Dorsey may be able to convince Bishop to at least hold off on signing anything until after a visit to Arrowhead is complete.

Tell the local BBQ joints to get the smokers ready, Addicts. The Chiefs have a FA coming to town.

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  • cd3382

    He would really be an upgrade over both linebackers we have competing for the job now. The only thing is how much is he asking for??

    • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

      I think Bishop was about a $3 million cap hit for the Pack…and he was getting a total of something like $4 millon for the season. He may have to take a discounted rate to prove he is healthy, unless a team is utterly convinced he will be fine. He may only be able to get a one-year deal and could end up landing with whichever team is willing to go the highest.

      • Brandon

        Yeah but the pack let him go because they couldn’t renegotiate a contract with him. If we backload his contract and give him a decent signing bonus he might bite. Pending a positive medical exam.

        • berttheclock

          Mixed reports about that. ESPNWisconsin reported his agent said GB did not ask for him to lower his salary. Other reports said they did. However, by cutting him, they are saving $3.464 M on the cap and are only left with about 800 thou.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Not surprised. I wrote about this early in the offseason when I was preparing a list of free agents I wanted the Chiefs to look at. Brad Jones was re-signed. I knew that would make either Hawk or Bishop expendable.

  • Damian1982

    I say bring him in and sign him to a one year deal to prove hes still got his game after the injury. I think that ILB spot opposite Johnson is the weakest link in our defense now and id love to see all the options we can get out there competing to fill that void left by…um…whoever was before Belcher. (He didnt exactly fill the void)

  • ladner morse

    Desmond Bishop can’t merely be considered an upgrade at ILB when he would be the standard bearer. He’s the kind of guy you want to build a franchise around.

    I don’t know if the Chiefs can afford him with the way they are structured right now… but, I pray that the football Gods will pave the way for him to take his place next to DJ, Hali and Houston. Now that would be a memorable LB corp.

    • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

      Bishop at full strength would give the Chiefs, hands down, the best starting four linebackers in the NFL.

    • Jim Harper


  • Brandon

    I’ve been wanting this guy for two weeks now, Vonta Leach will probably go Miami because they have more $ to throw at him. This guy would make our LB group a beast, one to rival the niners

  • thabear04

    Make him offer he cant back out of…Hell dine him to with some of KC finest BBQ let go of that Cheese and come get some BBQ.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    Hopefully he’ll make it out of Minnesota. Bishop would be an EXCELLENT June pickup. Call Vonta Leach and tell him to get out here too!

  • Jason Seibel

    This could only be a good thing and it’s not a garbage signing for a camp body. We’re talking about a legitimate starter here! Who says there’s nothing to be excited about in June in the NFL?

  • GDL40

    He wont leave Minnesota without a contract, but if he does make it to KC a free agent, then it definitely would cap off a great off-season for KC…… CAN’T WAIT FOR THE SEASON TO START !

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Sadly, I don’t think he will either unless they’re concerned about his injury situation. In which case, he probably won’t be attractive to KC either.

  • Jim Harper

    Would love to have Bishop but am anxious to see how Dorsey can work the cap to make it happen. It would make for one hell of a linebacking corps though. At 29 he has several productive years left.

  • P Heitman

    If this guy’s healthy, and he leaves Vikings HQ, it’s a no-brainier. I’m trying to temper my excitement, as I feel it’s a long shot…but wow, what a Linebacking Corps this possible addition would give us…

  • ArrowFan

    Has he cleared waviers?

    • Stacy D. Smith

      He’s been in the league more than four seasons so he didn’t have to go through the waiver process.

  • Tony Parker

    I think u need to take a chance on this guy and sign him. he is good against both the run & pass. Him and DJ together would be fun to watch. cut somebody to make room and take the chance that his ham will hold up.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    I haven’t seen any news on Bishop this morning. If we don’t hear something by the afternoon I suspect he’ll still make his trip to Kansas City today.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    Bishop is expected to make a decision after his visit with Kansas City today. I’m a bit shocked that he didn’t scheduled a visit with Jacksonville, but that may be because he doesn’t want to play there.