Might as well start with a guy from my neck of the woods, right? Wright didn’t do much for most of his rookie year, and his stats (22 catches, 310 yards, 2 TDs) don’t exactly jump off the page. But the guy didn’t even get a shot until the last seven games of the season, coming in only after it was clear Percy Harvin wasn’t coming back for the Vikes playoff run.
And honestly, he delivered in a very “3rd WR” kind of way. He got separation, made the catches he should, and was generally at least a marginal threat in the short passing game. And remember, this is a Vikings offense that was built around a motto of “All Day first, All Day second, All Day third, and All Day all day.” It’s not exactly easy to make an impact as a WR in that offense, especially a rook.
NFL.com reporter Ian Rapoport tweeted Tuesday morning that Bishop, who turns 29 next month, does in fact have meetings with the Vikings and Chiefs this week, and Mike Florio of NBC Sports reported Tuesday that the Jaguars are also in the mix.
The 2011 Super Bowl Champion was placed on the injured reserve last summer after sustaining an injury to his hamstring during a preseason game vs. the San Diego Chargers. The Packers had re-signed Bishop to a four-year, $19 million deal in January 2011 and now it appears he could be on the verge of another deal.
“Throughout the season Tony Gonzalez was more than gracious with his time in dealing with the media,” said PFWA President D. Orlando Ledbetter, who covers the Falcons for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “He was frank and open throughout about his plans for retirement and how he wanted to proceed. He exuded style and class throughout his 16th season in the league.”
Gonzalez caught a team-high 93 passes for 930 yards and eight touchdowns, earning his 13th Pro Bowl appearance. Gonzalez holds NFL tight-end records for career receptions (1,242), receiving yards (14,268), TD catches (103), 100-yard games (30) and 1,000-yard seasons (four).
Gonzalez, who spent 1997-2008 with the Chiefs, announced last March 12 that he would return to the Falcons for his 17th NFL season.