Desmond Bishop Picks The Vikings

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According to Pro Football Talk, free agent ILB Desmond Bisop has agreed to a one-year contract with the Minnesota Vikings.

According to Arrowhead Addict editor, Patrick Allen, Desmond Bishop made a huge mistake.

Dang. Chiefs fans really wanted to see Bishop in red and gold this season. The Vikings were the first team that Bishop visited after he became a free agent and despite taking a trip to Kansas City, it looks like Bishop’s first choice was the Vikes.

This could be for a number of reasons. The Vikings may have been able to offer more money or guarantees than the Chiefs. That, or Bishop just thought he would find a better fit in Minnesota.

Now it looks like the Chiefs will have to roll with Akeem Jordan and rookie Nico Johnson at ILB. It isn’t the sexiest of camp competitions but hopefully Jordan can push Johnson and help him develop into a future stater for the Chiefs.

Bishop would have been a huge pickup for the Chiefs but this doesn’t mean KC still won’t look for help at the position this summer. As training camps wind down and we get closer to the season and often veteran players are surprise cuts. There may still be some veterans hitting the market the Chiefs can take a look at.

Topics: Desmond Bishop, Kansas City Chiefs

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  • Altarium

    Bummer. Not surprising though.. considering the Vikes are like 5/6th Packers cuts. We’ve still got Hali, Houstin, and Johnson though!

  • Stacy D. Smith

    All that haggling for nothing. He was Minnesota-bound all along.

  • Carlos Nevarez

    I think R&D were confident in our LB corp and Didn’t wanna commit a lot of money unnecessarily. It sounds like Nico is getting better fast and Jordan Is apparently learning fast. We’ll be alright.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    Can’t understand why he would chose the 4-3 AND an open competition (with Erin Henderson) over an opportunity to play in another 1-gapping 3-4 scheme where he’d be the clear cut starter.

    • thabear04

      Maybe the Vikings are gonna try and Trade Erin Henderson now or who know what Bishop is up to. Lets move on now and focus on who we got on our roster.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        I’m not going to lose sleep over this. It was just something I thought about (several hours ago).

        • Jim Harper

          Me either Stacy, but I would like to hear his reason for choosing the Vikings over the Chiefs.

    • toperspective

      It’s hard to know without knowing the specifics of the financial offers. Money usually trumps all.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        I can’t imagine there was that much difference between the two offers.

    • P Heitman

      That’s what I’m sayin’, who leaves a system they’ve excelled in just to get revenge? I’m with toperspective, this says one thing to me: Minnesota offered the most money.

    • Patriot42

      He wanted to play in a division he was used to and probably thought the vikes had a bigger upside this coming season. The fans will always be upset when a good prospect doesn’t pick their team but until the Chiefs can prove they are as good as they think they are this will happen.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        Let’s not go overboard here. It was a Day 1 reaction to the news. I think it’s safe to say we’ve all moved on. Bishop cited the desire to play against the best quarterback in the league as his reason for choosing the Vikings. It should be noted that the Chiefs landed quite a few highly-coveted free agents this offseason. It’s not as though this is an undesirable place to play. Especially not under the new regime.

  • e_racer

    Unless the Chiefs had a secret long term cap saving deal worked out with Branden Albert, I couldn’t see how they would be in the mix. The Chiefs do have about $3.5 M under the cap, but they also need to sign a Eric Fisher.

    I imagine there will be some maneuvering to free up money, but the Chiefs are not currently in a position to do much more in free agency. Bishop probably wanted more than vet minimum, and the Vikings were in a position to do that.

    In addition, it seems Minnesota is the most likely next stop for ex-Packers.

  • Jim Harper

    As much as I really wanted Bishop (I even tweeted him) I had a feeling it would end up this way. No worries though. Reid will make this team awesome without him.

  • RaySouth75

    Nico will be the starter opening day. Roll Tide

    • Stacy D. Smith

      May the best man win. I think Jordan’s in the early lead for the starting job, but we’ll see.

  • berttheclock

    There is only one word for his signing. Revenge. It is the revenge factor of playing twice a season against those who cut him. Otherwise known as “I’ll show you what a mistake you made”.

  • Da Menace

    He’d scratcher there..had to come down to cash and playing against his former team..

    • Da Menace

      Head not he’d damn auto correct

  • ArrowFan

    How much $$?

  • Billie Cabral

    Can’t say I wasn’t disappointed to not get Bishop but I’m thinking he took more money while he can. I saw a clip on Nfl Network showing what happens after a severe injury like bishops (Torn Hamstring) and needless to say not many people lasted in the pro’s after it. This could be a blessing in disguise. I’m thinking he could end up like hmm. Let’s say Brandon Siler or who was that other dude from the Vikings we got and never did ANYTHING? Thinking real hard…. Oh yea Napoleon Harris!!!

  • Pessimisticchiefsfan

    I don’t consider this a big hit for the team at all. I feel like MLB is one of the easier positions for a rookie to step in a contribute right away, especially when you are next to Johnson. I would like to see a veteran WR signed before MLB.

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