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Desmond Bishop is Getting Released

Desmond Bishop

Our nightmare comes to fruition today, apparently. The Green Bay Packers have told linebacker Desmond Bishop they’re going to release him, according to the Journal Sentinel.

I’m now officially sick to my stomach.

The Packers were reportedly trying to trade Bishop, but apparently they failed (for the second time). There was word they would also try to restructure his contract, but there was really no benefit to the scenario for Bishop, who was set to make $3.464 million this season.

Someone will surely snatch Bishop up quickly once he’s released, much like the Chargers jumped on D.J. Smith, another linebacker the Packers released earlier this offseason.

Bishop’s biggest sins are easy to identify — he missed all of last season with a hamstring injury and Ted Thompson didn’t draft him No. 5 overall. Neither of those things are his fault and Bishop actually said he’s back to 100 percent a few weeks ago.

Before getting injured, Bishop was the Packers best inside linebacker. In 2011, he had 115 tackles, five sacks and two forced fumbles in 13 games.

Clearly, the Packers don’t need that sort of production around.

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  1. Mike R June 17, 2013


    1. TyKo Steamboat June 17, 2013

      Don’t forget…this injury took place in a Week 1 preseason game…in the 1st quarter…

      How pointless is that?!?!

  2. Tom June 17, 2013

    He will end up in minnesota and this is going to be regrettable decision by TT

  3. TyKo Steamboat June 17, 2013

    F M L

  4. Packer Bob June 17, 2013

    “Clearly, the Packers don’t need that sort of production around.”

    Nah, Thompson released him just to piss you off. :)

    But seriously, you’d rather put your chips in with a guy that might not be ready for the season and could possibly injure himself again then with a guy who’s younger and 100% ready to go right now? If if that’s the case, we should ask Woodson if he’d like to come back.

    Granted, I don’t know his medical condition. I have to trust the Packers made the decision solely on last year’s injury and his unwillingness to restructure his deal. Remember, they tried to trade him but nobody wanted him! I’m sure they would have let him go for a couple of late round draft picks. What does that say about his condition? Of course, he’ll be healthy at some point. But when? This is win now league, remember?

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m not happy to see him go. He was a mean son of a bitch.

  5. Dirty Andy June 17, 2013

    Maybe they are about to pay Raji some ridiculous money or something stupid like that. Bishop is going to be a badass somewhere else and I hope he lets TT know in a game.

  6. Tucson Packer June 17, 2013

    Looks like we wont have this years Defensive player of the year in green and yellow

  7. Mike S. June 17, 2013

    TT strikes again…

  8. James Bennett June 17, 2013

    So who will be our inside backers? Hawk and Jones?

  9. This is one of those really puzzling moves from Ted Thompson. I understand you cannot pay three (3) players starter money for two (2) spots. However, Bishop’s on-field production (when healthy) speaks volumes of where the team’s defensive attitude and identify stemmed from. To me, the Packers have now just said: ‘We like Brad Jones and AJ Hawk better, whether or not Bishop would have come back and played to a high level.’ AJ Hawk doesn’t suck, but he’s never really been a big play guy. He’s a working solider, nothing more. He’s redone his contract, and it says the right thing, he’s a team-first guy—and a high Ted Thompson draft pick. Remember, TT was blue collar LB in the NFL himself and never was a star. I think he appreciates Hawk for his ‘show up and play and don’t complain and team-first mentality’. So, that’s why Hawk stays on the team and is the starter. So, that really leaves Brad Jones. Nothing bad to say about him, but nothing that great either. Did he play better last year? I guess? But again, nothing that made you really go: ‘Wow, look how great Brad Jones is!’ So here we are. For a team that clearly missed Bishop’s style of aggressive defensive play in 2012 and needs more punch and fight, they release him when he ‘appears’ to be 100% healthy? Something is a bit amiss here. I’m not sure you do this, regardless of the salary/cost ramifications unless you know something we just don’t. Either way, Brad Jones absolutely HAS to produce now. If he goes down with injury or is a non-factor AND Bishop goes on to have a solid to stellar year elsewhere, this will go down as an inescapable misstep from Ted Thompson. All that said, I’ve learned to give TT the benefit of the doubt. He’s proven he deserves it. With this move though, from my vantage point—it leaves me really scratching my head. We’ll see I guess…..and God help you Brad Jones.

  10. Tom June 17, 2013

    @jasonjwilde: Just got off the phone with @Desbishop55. He will visit the #Vikings tomorrow

    1. the real russ letlow June 17, 2013

      of course he will………….maybe Brent will call him and put in a plug for the purple pussies………..

  11. GBslacker June 17, 2013

    This smacks of the Collins affair… where the fans didn’t have the info that the organization had.

    Collins was at risk of not playing the position well, in addition to having a significant chance of re-injuring his neck. For players that had his injury, I saw stats that about 25-30% had to have follow-up fusion/surgery, which really screw-up their lives.

    We don’t really know the medical situation on Bishop. I’ve read where the tendon had to be re-attached, but to what: the hamstring, the rest of the tendon, or the bone???

    The only reason for releasing him at this stage is to avoid paying him $4-5 mill to stand on the sideline, if he re-injured himself. If history is any precedent, I think it likely that he would have been limited in camp, and possibly on PUP.

    I have to think that Thompson has a better handle on the situation than many of the pundits posting here…

    1. the real russ letlow June 17, 2013

      very good point.

    2. Vijay June 17, 2013

      Except 80-90% Desmond is still better than 95-100% Hawk…so, yeah….

      1. GBslacker June 18, 2013

        You’re talking about a “pre-injured” Bishop being better.

        so, yeah…

        What today and tomorrow are all about is a “post-injured” Bishop.

        so, yeah…

  12. SoTxPhil June 17, 2013

    The Packers are privy to his medical records and they obviously felt there was a good chance that he would re-injure his hamstring tendon and it would cost them $3.4 million dollars for the whole season, even if he were injured again in TC.

  13. Buster Bluth June 17, 2013

    Its not just about the money paid to Hawk and Jones.
    They gave a load of money to another LB….Matthews.

  14. FITZCORE1252 June 17, 2013

    100% medical. High probability of reinjuring a surgically repaired tendon-to-bone connection. If that doesn’t happen, the chance he never returns to 2011 form is likely. Ted weighed the pros and cons, and made the prudent decision. Jones impressed in Bish’s absence last year, and they’re in love with Manning. We will be fine at ilb.

    All that said, this really bums me out. I loved the way the guy played and the attitude he brought.

    Shitty deal.

    1. GBslacker June 17, 2013

      During a recent Demovsky chat, when I asked for more info about Bishop, he said that he’d heard that his type of injury was very similar to an ACL, in terms of difficulty and length of recovery.

      At about the same time Bishop recovers fully, Father Time will be knocking at his door…

      Nobody ever provides all the details, but what I read was something about parasites!
      Worms? WORMS ??? (in my best Jim Mora voice)
      Did he give his cat a bath, ala Steve Martin ???

    2. ay hombre June 17, 2013


  15. MadCity Packer Fan June 17, 2013

    Green and Gold! Get it right.

  16. MadCity Packer Fan June 17, 2013

    To be exact…Dark Green, Gold, and White.

    1. Tucson Packer June 18, 2013

      Have you seen San Fran’s “Gold” sure looks alot more Gold than our Gold. Doesn’t really matter though, Green and Yellow/Green and Gold I think you/others know what is being spoken of

      1. Phatgzus June 18, 2013

        SF’s Gold looks more like iron pyrite to me.

      2. #GetItRightRoger June 19, 2013

        Its Green and Gold, there is no ifs, ands or buts about it.

        1. Tucson Packer June 19, 2013

          According to my kids Pre-school class poster, our “Gold” matches up identically with the “Yellow” on their color wheel. Besides, what are N.O.’s colors then? Its just obviously quite a bit more yellow than it is gold

  17. Vijay June 17, 2013

    There are at least 30-40 players left on our current roster who should be cut over this guy. I wonder how much of a salary dump of the players who won’t make the team anyways would’ve been needed to make this happen. Ted is dumb. You have to have backups that are as good as starters and vice versa to go deep in the playoffs year after year. This will backfire.

  18. Snarff1 June 17, 2013

    And yet another Packer player gets sent to the minors in Minni.

  19. Iltarion June 17, 2013

    Bishop was a bad ass in 2010 and helped us win a title. He will always be a Packer as far as I am concerned.

    I am not going to over-laud his 2011 stats. The Packers ranked 32nd in defense that year. Middle linebackers have the tendency to put up big stats on shitty defenses, usually because no one else is tackling.

    The fact of the matter is that the Packers’ staff knows a helluva lot more about what is going on with Bishop than us fans do.

    I find it funny how everyone is talking about TT this and TT that. TT makes the final decisions, yes, and he’d be the first person to say that. However, if MM had Bishop on the top line of his depth chart, then none of this happens. So, this ISN’T just TT. MM doesn’t have Bishop’s back either.

    I find it funny how Bishop says he is 100% healthy and blah, blah, blah. Meanwhile, he has sat out every OTA and minicamp so far this offseason.

    TT was willing to part with $1.6 million in dead money to part from Bishop. THAT alone says an awful lot.

  20. Abe Frohman June 18, 2013

    I’m no doctor, and I didn’t stay at a holiday in express last night, but Bishop’s injury, to me at least, seems to indicate steroids. His muscles were so strong that they pulled the tendon off the bone? Shouldn’t the muscle have ripped first?

    I will definitely miss the attitude he brought. I do agree with GBSlacker – TT knows something he’s not saying.

  21. the real russ letlow June 18, 2013

    there are a lot of great comments here. way to go guys!

  22. bob at 81 June 18, 2013


  23. FITZCORE1252 June 18, 2013

    MadCity, good call… That pisses me off to no end.

    Dark Green (PMS 5535-C), Gold (PMS 1235-C) and White.

    Learn it. Love it.

    1. Tucson Packer June 18, 2013

      Wow, yea. Great call. PMS indeed lol calm down

  24. Lars June 18, 2013

    TT cuts another good player in favor of the soft, always serviceable AJ Hawk—because, after all, you can never have too many assignment-sure LB’ers.

    1. Iltarion June 18, 2013

      TT doesn’t determine the depth chart, Lars. That is up to the defensive coaches and MM. If TT sees a LB just coming off a serious injury who is listed as a back up on the depth and making $3.5 million, then he may want to address it.

      I wonder if some people actually believe the delusion that AJ Hawk starts because TT wants him to. TT doesn’t determine who starts. That is the job of the coaching staff. If the coaches didn’t think he was the best guy to be out there, he wouldn’t be.