Desmond Bishop left Minnesota without signing a contract, after a visit and work out with the team earlier this week. He visited the Kansas City Chiefs yesterday and he told Sirius XM Radio recently that the New York Giants also expressed interest in his services. So at this point, NFL.com is now reporting that Bishop will decide between the Vikings, Giants and Chiefs.
Ted told us that Erin Henderson believes he'll be the starting middle linebacker, of course. But, that has always seemed to me to be a fall back option, at best. If Bishop is healthy, we should see the Vikings make a very good 1-year offer to the free agent linebacker. And if he isn't, or if the Vikes and Eric Sugarman sense any amount of risk, my guess is that they will let him go. Of course, the cap situation could come into play here. So, let's take a look at the remaining cap space for these three teams.
For the Vikings, awhile back I estimated that we would have about $3.14 Million remaining in cap space to sign a free agent after signing our three 1st round draft picks. In the NFL.com article above, they estimate that the Giants have about $3.3 Million remaining in cap space. Meanwhile, according to overthecap.com, the Chiefs have about $3.5 Million in cap space remaining. So, all three of these teams won't be able to offer much more than $3 Million/year for Bishop, but the Vikings seem to be in the worst shape to make an offer. His cap hit for 2012 was about $4.5 Million and you would expect him to take a pay cut from his older salary, but it remains to be seen what kind of offer any of these three teams would make to Bishop and what kind of money he's looking for.
At this point there hasn't been any news about a visit to the Giants, but if he's deciding between them, us and the Chiefs, then I would expect a workout with them too. I'm sure we won't have to wait long to find out if Desmond Bishop will be a Viking or not.