MINNEAPOLIS -- It didn’t take long for Desmond Bishop to find a new home. He was released by the Green Bay Packers a week ago, worked out for the Vikings last week and was signed by the team to a one-year deal Monday.
Bishop was a very productive player for the Packers; he had 218 total tackles in 2010 and 2011 before having to miss the 2012 season because of a hamstring injury.
The Vikings now have options for middle linebacker. Jasper Brinkley, last year’s starter, signed as a free agent with Arizona, and it appeared Erin Henderson would move to the middle this season. Henderson said at mini-camp last week that the position was his; Marvin Mitchell was working with the first defensive unit at outside linebacker.
Bishop was an inside linebacker in the Packers’ 3-4 scheme, but started his career playing inside in a 4-3 defense.
Bishop, 28, was a sixth-round pick (192nd overall) by the Packers out of California in the 2007 NFL Draft.
Bishop will join former Packers teammate Greg Jennings on the Vikings roster. Jennings became an unrestricted free agent this year and signed with Minnesota earlier this offseason.
According to ESPN Twin Cities, Bishop’s deal will be worth about $1.5 million with another $500,000 in potential incentives.