Ryan Longwell. Darren Sharper. Brett Favre. Greg Jennings.
And now, Desmond Bishop.
The list of former Green Bay Packers that have upgraded their wardrobe to purple and gold just increased by one, according to Pro Football Talk:
Demond Bishop agrees to one-year deal with vikings, per source with knowledge of situation.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) June 24, 2013
It appears that the Vikings beat out the Kansas City Chiefs and New York Giants for Bishop's services. Specifics of the contract haven't been released yet, but Tom Pelissero has provided the ballpark figures:
Desmond Bishop's one-year deal will be worth around $1.5M. Incentives could push it up around $2M. About what Erin made last year. #Vikings— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) June 24, 2013
Those numbers seem a bit lower than expected for someone that was apparently coveted by three teams. The $1.5 million price tag seems to be a fairly low-risk gamble for a linebacker that missed the entire 2012 season with a hamstring injury.
As we mentioned on Friday, Bishop claims that his injury woes are behind him. If Bishop can stay on the field and resemble the guy that averaged 109 tackles over the 2010 and 2011 seasons, the Vikings may have just added an integral piece to a precariously thin linebacking corps. Erin Henderson claims that he's still the man in the middle for the Vikings defense, but Bishop could still provide depth at middle linebacker or play the weak side opposite Chad Greenway. If you ask me, Greenway/Henderson/Bishop makes for a pretty solid trio.
Did the Vikings just grab a free agent steal or did they overspend on a Packers retread? Only time will tell. Either way, enjoy all the played-out sloppy seconds jokes from all the Packers fans you know today.