Bishop signs with Vikes

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Not good. Read here. I was hoping this wouldn’t happen. I don’t like the Vikings at all – obviously. Hate them. But Bishop is a very good player and a good guy whose recent release continues to be a mystery to most Packer fans. There is something unsettling to me about an aggressive former Packer playmaker being snatched up by a rival like this –  I used to like watching him blow up opponents but I’ll be uncomfortable with him potentially blowing up Packers.

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5 Responses to “Bishop signs with Vikes”

  1. Trav Says:

    This is exactly what I hoped would not happen. Was wishing for an AFC team or somewhere that doesn’t add more drama to an already messed up situation with Jennings going there. Can only hope that the Viking track record of signing former Packer players continues with no Super Bowls.

    • awhayes Says:

      Agree Trav – he and Jennings both could cause us problems going forward. Especially Bishop. Ugh. Hopefully they will continue to fall victim though to the curse of awfulness as you point out.

  2. Schaefer Says:

    I like the Minnesota “curse of awfulness”

    well phrased

  3. Dave in Tucson Says:

    I wish I could say I thought you were wrong… but AP + Jennings + Rudolph on offense, Bishop + Jared Allen on defense :-( If everyone stays healthy this season, they could be a serious challenger to win the NFC North.

    Hopefully our o-line and run defense will be better than last year, or the Packers could easily be on the outside looking in come next January.

    D∈T

  4. Dave K Says:

    There were two things at work here. The type of injury Bishop suffered and his cap number.

    Bishop detached his hamstring. This type of injury makes it more likely it will happen again and if it happens again it will be career ending for him. And, most players don’t make it back 100% from such an injury.

    He cap number was going to be $3.5 million. He rips his hamstring again in training camp and the Packer’s are on the hook for that full amount. There were reports that the Packer’s asked Bishop to reduce his salary and he refused. There is just too much risk for a team to keep a player like Bishop coming off that type of injury for that much money.

    Also, they are paying Hawk and Jones starter money. Of the three getting starting type money, Bishop was the odd man out given the injury.

    The Vikings signed him for a Vet’s minimum deal with $50k guaranteed and some incentives to earn about $500,000 more. It’s a low risk deal for them. It’s back-up type money in today’s NFL at a position in which they are very thin.

    What we don’t know for certain is if the Packer’s offered much more then that. There were a bunch of tweets today from the beat writers suggesting the Packer’s set the bar in free agency and the Vikings were the only team to offer above it.

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