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The Minnesota Vikings and Kansas City Chiefs are not the only teams on former Green Bay Packers ILB Desmond Bishop’s itinerary.
Bishop, who met with the Vikings yesterday and plans to arrive in Kansas City this evening, is also interested in the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Interestingly, the Jaguars are the team the new-look Chiefs play in their very first game of the season. I don’t know about you, but I would much rather have Desmond Bishop playing for the Chiefs rather than against them, come Week 1.
So far it least, it appears Bishop is going to depart Minnesota without a contract. The fact that he is considering a visit to Jacksonville but has yet to schedule one, could mean the veteran ILB is hoping to land with the Vikes or Chiefs and wants to see how those visits go before he commits to any further meetings.
Reports yesterday were that Bishop would arrive in KC tonight and then have his actual visit tomorrow. mIf I had to guess, I’d think the Chiefs plan to take Bishop to dinner this evening, perhaps to one of the fine local BBQ establishments, for a little meet and greet. Bishop already knows Chiefs GM John Dorsey and having played for the Packers, he should be pretty familiar with head coach Andy Reid.
One thing the Chiefs have in their favor is that Reid brings a little bit of star power with him. He’s well known and respected in the NFL and so he could help make a difference now and in the future, when free agents come to town.
Tomorrow, the Chiefs will likely let Bishop tour the facility and they may work him out a bit. If KC is satisfied that Bishop is healthy and will be ready for camp and both parties are interested, contract talks could begin. If the Chiefs are willing to pay and Bishop wants to stay, chances are the ILb won’t leave town without a contract. If Bishop does leave, well that doesn’t mean the Chiefs won’t sign him but it certainly lowers the odds.
What do you think, Addicts? If Bishop makes it to KC tonight, will he leave a Chief?