The New York Giants were heavily in the mix for former Green Bay Packers linebacker Desmond Bishop, but it looks like they will not be landing him after all, as Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network has reported that he will sign with the Minnesota Vikings.
"Former Packers LB Desmond Bishop has agreed to terms on a one-year deal to join the Vikings, source confirms," he tweeted.
The 28-year-old Bishop was released from the Packers last Monday after he and the team failed to negotiate on a contract restructure for 2013; Bishop was set to make $3.464 million this season, but the Packers were hesitant to pay him that after he missed all of 2012 with a torn hamstring injury.
Last week, Bishop had visited the Vikings and then the Kansas City Chiefs, but then on Thursday, he had announced in a radio stint with Sirius XM that the Giants were interested in him and had become one of the three finalists for his services.
Early Monday morning, we at Giants 101 had talked about the possibility of the Giants being a potential front-runner to land Bishop because of the possibility of him having a chance to play for a playoff contender and being immediately inserted into the starting lineup, but it looks like Bishop chose to play against his former team twice a year over a possible guaranteed starting job.
With Bishop now in the mix for the Vikings, he will likely compete alongside of Erin Henderson for the middle linebacker spot, or he could be shifted over to outside linebacker, a position that the team had a vacancy at.
For the meantime, the Giants will continue to use Mark Herzlich and Dan Connor at the middle linebacker spot. Many feel that Herzlich is the current favorite to be the team's starting middle linebacker when the season begins in September.
Bishop would have been an upgrade at the linebacker position if he had been signed by the Giants, but, for now, they will have to make do with the players they have on the team.
Bishop is a former sixth-round pick of the Packers back in the 2007 NFL Draft and was a part of the Super Bowl XLV winning team that defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers back in February of 2011.
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