Vikings agree to terms with LB Bishop

Desmond Bishop (Harry How/Getty)

The Vikings have agreed to a one-year deal with former Packers linebacker Desmond Bishop, his agent confirmed Monday.

The Vikings have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with free agent linebacker Desmond Bishop, his agent Blake Baratz confirmed Monday on Twitter.

According to Pro Football Talk, the contract is worth up to $1.35 million based on playing time percentages.

Bishop was released by the Green Bay Packers last Monday and traveled to Minnesota Tuesday, conducting a workout in front of Minnesota's decision-makers on Wednesday. By all accounts, it was a good workout.

"Good workout and we'll see. (We're) doing our due diligence in terms of bringing guys in that are free agents," defensive coordinator Alan Williams said last week. "The neat thing is that I don't have to make those decisions. I just have to coach them once they get here."

General manager Rick Spielman is in charge of the roster, along with head coach Leslie Frazier. To date, Erin Henderson has been working on making the switch from weakside linebacker to middle linebacker, but that could change if Bishop is fully healthy at the start of training camp.

Bishop missed the entire 2012 season with a significant hamstring injury. He told reporters in Green Bay that he was 100 percent healthy this offseason, but he also didn't participate in any of the Packers' organized team activities or their minicamp last week, the last on-field activities for them until training camp in late July.

He will also be making the transition from a 3-4 defense in Green Bay to the Vikings' 4-3 defense.

Bishop has started two seasons as an inside linebacker for the Packers and was their leading tackler in 2011, despite playing only 13 games, but Williams said he wasn't sure if Bishop would play outside or inside if the Vikings signed him.

Bishop also visited the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday and drew interest from the Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants.


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