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Desmond Bishop Likely To Decide Between Chiefs, Vikings


The Kansas City Chiefs have former Green Bay Packers ILB Desmond Bishop in for a visit today and according to Mike Garafolo of USA Today, Bishop will make a decision about where he wants to play after meeting with KC.

From USA Today:

Former Green Bay Packers linebacker Desmond Bishop wrapped up his visit with the Minnesota Vikings on Wednesday and will now meet with the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday in an attempt to find a job before most of the NFL heads on summer vacation, a person informed of Bishop’s meeting with the Chiefs told USA TODAY Sports.

The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the Chiefs haven’t confirmed the visit, said Bishop has received some interest from the Jacksonville Jaguars but is likely to decide on a team after meeting with Kansas City.

The big clue here is that the source is clearly someone with a lot of knowledge of all the interested parties. In short, the “source” is Bishop’s agent. That is how the source would know the Jags are interested and that Bishop isn’t interested in the Jags.

Truth be told, if they can afford it, I think Bishop is coming to Kansas City. It all adds up. The Chiefs have a big need at ILB and Bishop has a big need to get his career on track. Chiefs GM John Dorsey was the Director of College Scouting with the Packers when Bishop was drafted so more than likely, Dorsey is a fan of Bishop and Bishop is a fan of Dorsey. The fact that the Chiefs appear to be Bishop’s last stop is also a good sign if you want him to play for KC. Bishop made sure to schedule the Vikings first but left Minnesota without a contract. If Bishop was wowed by the Vikes, he likely would have called up the Chiefs and said “thanks but no thanks.”

I am not saying this is a lock because the Chiefs will likely have to do some salary cap massaging to get Bishop on board, but that won’t stop them from signing the ILB if they really want him. Dorsey knows Bishop can play. All this really comes down to is money and where Bishop wants to play.

I think he’s a Chief by the end of the week.

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  • sidibeke

    Should this happen, best LB AND DB corps in the league. Wow.

    • Jason Seibel

      IF…he’s healthy. Damn, this would be nice.

      • Jim Harper

        Amen to that Jason. I think they could restructure Hali’s contract to get him on board.

        • KCPauly

          which I think needs to be done anyway, also get Albert hooked up on a deal and shave some of that 10mil off of this years cap..Go Chiefs!!!!!!!

          • KCMikeG

            Great idea!

        • Darkwolf1414

          That’s what I was thinking. They could redo Tamba’s contract so he doesn’t lose any money but it spreads the cap hit over a few more years.

  • Chief Hokie

    We need more cap room to make this work. Cut Fasano, he’s expensive and we don’t really need him.

    • Jarad

      Cant see that cut coming. He’s our most proven option right now. Moeaki cant stay healthy and Kelce hasnt played an NFL snap. We need Fasano. IMO

      • Chief Hokie

        Kelce is ready to start NOW – I disagree. Plus Fasano isn’t even that great and he’s getting paid a pretty penny.

        • Jarad

          That still leaves KC with Moeaki as a rookies backup. Im not excited at all about that scenario

          • Chief Hokie

            And Fasano excites you? Look all I’m saying is that if it’s a matter of signing Bishop or not, I’d rather use what cap space we have on a ilb over a supremely average bound-to-be-a-backup TE.

          • superman_25_58

            Moeaki will be the #1 TE out of training camp.

          • P Heitman

            Ehhh…doubtful.

        • Stacy D. Smith

          How do we know Kelce is ready to start now? He hasn’t even put pads on for this team yet.

          • Chief Hokie

            Kelce is gonna be a total badass

          • Stacy D. Smith

            I “think” he will be, but we haven’t seen that on the field yet. We know what Fasano can do. You don’t cut a proven commodity for an unknown commodity. Not in June.

      • superman_25_58

        Didn’t Moeaki stay healthy last year after coming off a major ACL injury? Didn’t Moeaki have 150+ more receiving yards coming off a major ACL injury than Fasano had healthy? Ya Fasano (5TD’s) had 4 more TD’s than Moeaki (1TD) had but Fasano was catching balls frome a bright upcoming star in Tannehill and not a fading fart like Cassel. In Moeaki’s defense NO receivers had very many TD’s last year. Moeaki will beat out Fasano to be the #1 TE coming out of training camp IMO.

        • Jarad

          My whole point is that i dont think cutting Fasano is the right move. I want Bishop on thr Chiefs, but if they have to cut someone, it shouldn’t be one of those TEs. They were running multiple TE sets in OTAs, why cut one of the top 3

        • P Heitman

          Didn’t Moeaki miss the entire offseason program due to injury? Doesn’t he only have four career TDs? Didn’t we just sign a TE to a large contract? Didn’t we just draft a stud TE from Cincy? Isn’t this Moeaki’s last year under contract? Second string at best, most likely third…

          • superman_25_58

            He had his knee scoped like a lot of players are having done this year and most are missing OTA’s and mini camps. It’s not like he tore his ACL again. He will be there for training camp and that’s all that matters. They will keep four TE’s most likely in Moeaki, Fasano, Kelce, and that basketball player in this order until Kelce is ready to take Fasano’s spot IMO. He had 3 TD’s his rookie year and one of those TD’s was an amazing catch that reminded me of a young TG. Moeaki tore his acl like Berry in his second year as well as Charles tore his. His 3rd year I only have one thing to say…….. Casshole sucks!

          • P Heitman

            Haha You didn’t need to tell me all of that, I follow the Chiefs. Moeaki is overrated and if it weren’t for that ONE catch against the Niners this unwarranted Moeaki love wouldn’t even exist.

          • superman_25_58

            He has been a starter beating out all the other TE’s all three years he played. He started 2nd season than Acl injury. This year will be no different except to the fact that you will see Moeaki as well as the rest of out receiving corps break out with a smarter more accurate QB who takes care of the ball in Alex Smith. So we will just have to wait and see how the TE’s will pan out. IMO though Moeaki will still be the #1 TE. O ya and by the way who cares what they paid Fasano it’s irrelevant. Seahawks paid Flynn around 50 mill to get beat out by a rookie and sit the bench. Contracts are just numbers and if they want to get out of a contract with someone they will

          • KCMikeG

            Excellent points!

          • P Heitman

            Yes, he started over Leonard Pope, Steve Manieri, Kevin Boss, Jake O’Connell, and Anthony Becht. You’re right. I also think that he could be a solid player, if healthy. I agree that our Quarterback will be better. But, I do not think that he’s as good as people make him out to be. That’s really all I’m saying. I think he’s losing ground to Kelce and Fasano both right now, and I think that it’s going to be hard for him to crack the starting job. Let’s just admit that he is what he is. He’s an above average, injury-prone tight end who has shown some talent but has never wowed anyone. Of course, aside from the one catch he made. He is not Tony Gonzalez. He will never be Tony Gonzalez. He’ll be a part of a platoon this year with the guys we have, and then we probably won’t sign him next year.

          • P Heitman

            He doesn’t suck, and I hope he wows me this year, but I’m not getting my hope up. Anyway,:http://youtu.be/jKGjOE_7bYI

          • superman_25_58

            I’m not saying Alex Smith is the next Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, RG3, Andrew Luck, or Russel Wilson………….. but the man has figured out how to win while taking care of the ball so it’s not so hard to believe he could be the next Rich Gannon and Kurt Warner and make a run with his new team rich with talent………. Just saying

          • KCMikeG

            That and being an excellent downfield blocker and breaking the rookie records of the greatest TE ever in Tony G. That and the greatest catch ever – that’s all.

    • P Heitman

      We should trade Moeaki to New England during camp.

  • Altarium

    It’s the other side of the ball… but all we need to do is say, “Look, our QB last year? Terrible. Got rid of him. Minnesota? Took our terrible QB. They want to use him. They want to pressure Ponder. Our QB now? Better. Much better. Who’s gonna win more? Is that really a question? Chiefs.”

    • Corey Voegele

      Optimism is cool and all, but it’s hard to take you seriously if you really think the Chiefs, fresh off a 2-win season, will win more games than the Vikings, who were a playoff team last season and had one of the best drafts of any team in the league.

      • Altarium

        Then I guess it’s good my post wasn’t entirely serious

      • P Heitman

        Haha you’re on a Chiefs blog, dude. What did you expect? Anyway, if Ponder works out Minnesota could be good. I personally don’t see it, but I won’t say it’s impossible. Just pray Cassel doesn’t see the field or you’ll witness a whole new level of misery.

  • Justin Jones

    i dont see how we can afford him at all. not without cutting someone from a much needed spot somewhere else. i would like to see him on-board but i dont want to short us somewhere else. yes that last ILB is our final weak spot but i just dont know how we can pay him.

    • Patrick Allen

      You have to understand that salary cap can be massaged and manipulated. Signing bonuses and things like that can be worked to make it happen.

      • Darkwolf1414

        Right, they could redo a contract for someone who signed an extension a couple of years ago. With signing bonuses and such it can be the same money but spread over a longer period than this year.

  • steve james

    Who would’ve ever thought we would be discussing which quality depth player has to go to make room for an above average starter caliber free agent!

    • Patrick Allen

      Indeed. Adding Bishop would make me thrilled with our ILB depth, which in January I wouldn’t have thought possible.

      • Tony Parker

        It’s gonna happen Pat, u gotta beleive….just pay the man, he’s worth it and winning is worth it.

  • Jim Harper

    I pray you are right!

  • paul pace

    If he comes to the Chiefs it will solidify the linebacking corps with some good depth behind the starters. Can’t believe these our my Chiefs!! Sure is a nice change from years of past with having very little depth.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    I get a bad feeling about this one. I think he’s going to choose Minnesota. He had no interest in hearing what Jacksonville had to say. A part of me thinks the second visit is an effort to get more money from Minnesota. Signing with the Vikes allows him to stay in the division and play against the Packers. Hope I’m wrong though.

    • Patrick Allen

      I don’t buy it. Dorsey is his boy and AR brings the star power. Vikes first gives him leverage against the Chiefs.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        I think the idea that Dorsey will want him simply because he played for his former organization is a bit overstated. I hope you’re right though. Aside from Alex Smith and Sean Smith, this would be the Chiefs biggest FA acquisition of the offseason.

        • Patrick Allen

          Not just that he played for the organization but that Dorsey was Director of College Scouting when Bishop was drafted.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Of course, he helped scout the guy. That says everything about why Dorsey would want him in Kansas City. I don’t think it says much about Bishop’s desire to play here.

          • Patrick Allen

            Agreed. Bishop is the wild card here.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Low expectations. I’d rather be surprised than disappointed. Hahaha.

          • sidibeke

            I think Bishop comes to KC so that he doesn’t have to play on a team where Cassel is a QB.

          • superman_25_58

            Lmao!

    • Calchiefsfan

      He is probably using the Chiefs as leverage for a better deal from the Vikings but he would have played that hand while he was still in Minnesota. They wouldn’t have wanted to take the chance of him going to KC. Now, if his agent is smart, he’s going to use the Vikes as leverage to get a better deal out of KC. I’m hoping his connection with Dorsey will sway the deal. I’m sure Dorsey will figure out how to get the money if we sign him.
      I’m with you, Bishop AND Leach, now that would be something.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        Leach is a luxury signing to an extent. I’m not sure he’ll have a big role in an Andy Reid offense. Bishop will be a key part of the Chiefs’ defense.

        • Chris Tarrants

          Exactly what I was thinking! How many full backs do we need to run a west coast? Granted he is a great one but another stud LB who plays 3 downs would help us a lot more

  • berttheclock

    Has anyone spotted any unusual activity over at Okie Joes, yet?

  • berttheclock

    With the loss of Greenway, I’m sure the VIkings have upped the ante for him and the factor of being able to play against the Packers twice a season, especially, with a huge chip on his shoulder will play a factor.
    But, I really liked what he told ESPN Wisconsin’s Wilde about that chip and adding that if anyone wanted to go into a dark alley, he would be one of the guys best suited to go along with him. He added that he was a known quantity and only wanted to get better as a player.
    I realized John Dorsey was serious, last month, when he said he wasn’t finished putting together the Chiefs roster, but, I never expected it might come down to ye olde philosophy of do you improve the offense (with Leach) or the defense (with Bishop). Geez, wouldn’t it nice should a major restructure of the cap be made and Dorsey was able to pull off both?

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Certainly would. Now let’s hope the two of them actually want to be here.

  • Nathen Arnold

    We have to do is redo somebody’s contract.

  • PunjabiPete

    If I am Desmond Bishop and I want to win a championship I have a tough decision. Both teams have the talent to win now and win often, but I would slightly give the Chiefs the edge because if Alex Smith goes down we have Chase Daniels, we have some good bench depth and yes, we have OK Joes. On our side, I doubt Andy Reid has to butter players up like previous coaches (though with Romeo I think it was less for the player’s benefit and more that’s where he was every day being the reason so many meetings took place at buffets)… I just think with what Andy Reid and Clark Hunt have built here so far, if it pans out, we are built to win for a LONG time

  • P Heitman

    Doesn’t look good. Apparently he’s talking about returning to Green Bay or heading to New York. See attached.

    • Calchiefsfan

      All things equal? Meaning if nobody wants to offer him considerably more $$ than GB then he’s staying with the Pack? At least that’s what it sounds like from Kirwan’s tweet. If I am Bishop I would have to be enticed out of Green Bay. Maybe he’s using all of us to get GB to cough up more dough!