Desmond Bishop is Motivated and Visiting the Vikings

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Desmond Bishop

Desmond Bishop

You do the math here. After getting released by the Green Bay Packers, inside linebacker Desmond Bishop says he’s more motivated that ever. He’s also visiting the Minnesota Vikings today.

So, yeah.

“This is definitely a motivating factor. For several reasons, moreso I think than anything in my entire career,” Bishop said. “Just from the standpoint of actually being cut. You figure it’s going to happen to everybody eventually at some point in their career, but I felt like I was the type of player who can go out on their own time.

“There’s something about being released that’s definitely going to add another chip to my shoulders. It’s motivation. It’s nothing negative about this whole situation. I think it’s all part of the plan, and I have to keep playing it out. I think it’s going to be good. I think all that is going to help me reach my goal.”

As history has proven, the Vikings are happy to recycle the Packers trash. Of course, we wouldn’t really put Bishop in the trash category.

General manager Ted Thompson apparently has.

There were reports the Packers would ask Bishop to take a pay cut if they couldn’t trade him. That never happened.

“No, they didn’t. It was more of, they were going to release me if they couldn’t trade me. And if there was nothing else out there for me, then we could talk (about coming back).”

There certainly will be something else out there for Bishop, who was one of the team’s best defensive playmakers before missing last season with a hamstring injury.

So now Bishop will probably end up tormenting the Packers twice each season while shoring up one of the Vikings’ weakest positions.

All because, what? The Packers didn’t want to pay him $3.3 million this season.

Awesome move, Ted.

For what it’s worth, here was what will prove to be Bishop’s farewell tweet.

Classy. But it will look less classy when he signs with the Queens.

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20 Comments on "Desmond Bishop is Motivated and Visiting the Vikings"

  1. FITZCORE1252

    “All because, what? The Packers didn’t want to pay him $3.3 million this season.”

    No. All because the Packers thought he wouldn’t return to form. I don’t think this had a thing to do with money.

  2. FITZCORE1252

    AJ and Desmond weren’t even competing to play the same position, it wasn’t a ‘one or the other’ situation, that’s just an asinine comment. If Bishop’s health outlook looked good, Brad Jones doesn’t get his contract and likely isn’t back, Bish and Hawk are our ILB’s. That obviously wasn’t the case.

    This is/was a medical call, I’m glad Ted isn’t Emo.

  3. the real russ letlow

    I gotta agree – health decision first, then $$$. If the hammy doesn’t hold up, Ted doesn’t want to pay starter money to someone on IR, or on the bench while he rehabs. It is a roll of the dice too, so I guess we’ll see what happens.

  4. It’s a risk to cut a player that might or might not be healthy. But Bishop was still recovering when the Packers restructured AJ Hawk’s contract and paid Brad Jones. What are you suppose to do? It’s a win now league.

    If Bishop is 100% and ready to go by opening day then it’s a gamble that the Packers lost. If he’s not, then they win. But it’s not that easy of a decision. Nobody knows the future.

    Why this always has to turn into a Ted Thompson bashing is beyond me. It’s becoming quite vexatious.

  5. dustin

    This will all be forgotten this time next year after we draft cj mosely the inside linebacker for bama.

    it’s sad to see bishop leave, but I’ve read for months that his injury was devastating and that most who suffer this type of injury either are forced to retire or never return to form. Plus we all heard about the trade rumors during the draft… this was coming

  6. tedtomato

    Had to be done..not one of packers doctors or anyone besides bishop say hes 100% . Im sure all the purple pukes… that think they have to grace us with their presence will make him out to be the greatest player ever. Good luck bishop..but..if you go to that gay team..ill have to learn to hate you!

  7. justin

    Well. Almost got through a whole topic without the need to bash the vikings. Way to fuck it up ted tomato.

    Sounds like a lot of you guys really respected this player. But hey. He is visiting the cheifs first so maybe he wont be a viking

  8. Shawn Iltarion

    Of course being cut should be a motivator. But if you don’t have a good hamstring, you can be motivated all you want and end up sitting the bench.

    The Packers have had horrible luck with injuries, especially at the LB position. I think what happened to DJ Smith and Desmond Bishop is a direct result of that. The chance for them to reinjure themselves is too high and the Packers aren’t going to go down that route again.

    You can’t believe anything Desmond or his agent say at this point. They are in full-on salesman mode. He has to say he is motivated and healthy to make himself attractive to other teams.

    If he wanted to prove he was really healthy, he should have participated in the last minicamp.

  9. the real russ letlow

    cutting dudes has got to be a tough part of the GM & Coach jobs. particularly ones that you’ve had around fo six years or so.

  10. Savage57

    Need to have a high speed rail line built between Green Bay and Minneshithole so that all the ship-jumping, rat-bastard former Packers that go play for the Purple Jizz Gobblers have an easy way to get their traitorous asses out of Dodge.

    (sorry, just seeing the name ‘Vikings’ does that to me)

  11. FITZCORE1252

    Here’s why he didn’t participate in the last minicamp (spoiler… It was because of his Hammy!) Read about it:

    ” What held the linebacker out of organized team activities and minicamp, he said, was not the tendon tear itself. Rather, a muscle strain on the inside of Bishop’s hamstring was the problem. Bishop admits he probably tried to run and cut too quickly, saying, “that wasn’t the smartest thing to do.” That tweak, “a couple-week injury,” is what Bishop said held him back this past month.”

    I tried to post a link that may shed some light on the severity of this injury, but, it appears TP administration is not a fan of in depth and accurate reporting.

    Here’s a hint, the piece is at a place that rhymes with “SHMEEZHEAD SHMEEVEE”. Written by a guy that rhymes with “BRACK SHMOOS”.

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