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Free-Agent Linebacker Desmond Bishop to Meet with Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday

June 19th, 2013 at 8:30 AM
By Aaron Friedland

Free agency is not over just yet. The Green Bay Packers recently released inside linebacker Desmond Bishop, who played a significant role during their Super Bowl season in 2010. And Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported the Kansas City Chiefs will meet with Bishop this week. He first met with the Packers divisional rival Minnesota Vikings, and Kansas City is next on the list. The Jacksonville Jaguars are also interested in the former Packer.

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This makes a lot of sense for the Chiefs. There is still plenty of uncertainty at the inside linebacker position where the Chiefs drafted Nico Johnson out of Alabama to fill that void. LB Akeem Jordan was also brought in during free agency to compete for that spot. But if the Chiefs can land a proven veteran, it could be a quick fix and Bishop could be a nice compliment to Derrick Johnson inside the defense. Where Bishop comes from also makes sense why the Chiefs are interested. As a former personnel man under the Ted Thompson tree, GM John Dorsey knows Bishop pretty well from when he was in Green Bay.

Bishop, a sixth round draft choice out of California in 2007, played five seasons in Green Bay but sustained a major hamstring injury last season that landed him on injured reserve. He claims he has fully healed but with $3.4 million owed to him in 2013, the Packers had other plans. However, Bishop has not ruled out the idea of returning. But he will be in Kansas City on Wednesday and meet with the Chiefs on Thursday.

In his last full season in 2011, Bishop recorded five total sacks with two forced fumbles in Green Bay's 3-4 defense. So his skill set would fit right in with Bob Sutton's attack-style 3-4 scheme. Adding another veteran would not only provide depth but it would also let rookie ILB Nico Johnson learn and grow into his own. If the Chiefs don't snag Bishop, look for Johnson to start the season alongside the other Johnson.

Tags: Desmond Bishop, Football, Green Bay, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City, Kansas City Chiefs, NFL, Nico Johnson

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