Aug 9, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Green Bay Packers linebacker Desmond Bishop (55) is tended to by members of the Packers

Vikings Sign Desmond Bishop to One-Year Contract

Erin Henderson’s tenure at MLB may be over before it really began. On Monday the Vikings brought in a potentially more appealing option at that position, signing former Packer Desmond Bishop to a one-year deal. The contract is believed to be worth $1.5 million with incentives pushing it to $2 million. Bishop missed all of last year with a torn hamstring and was cut by the Packers earlier this month.

This feels like a typical Rick Spielman low-risk veteran signing. Bishop, like Geoff Schwartz last year, is coming off a missed season due to injury. Unlike Schwartz, Bishop had multiple teams after him. But judging by the final contract length and numbers it doesn’t seem that the bidding got very heated.

And where does this leave Erin Henderson? Sources say Henderson will still have a chance to compete at MLB. Bishop is expected to be in the mix at both the middle and weak-side backer positions. If Bishop is indeed recovered from his hamstring injury, he should provide a better answer at the Mike than Henderson who has played exclusively at Will since becoming a starter.

Rookie Gerald Hodges is also in the mix. Somewhere. Just don’t ask me where.

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  • 3kolu

    It would behoove the Vikings to put Bishop in the middle if he is fully healed. My concern with Henderson is that he has been on the Vikings defense long enough to know what his responsibility is and he still had problems maintaining his assignment. My hope is that Bishop becomes a star and Hodges displaces Henderson as the WILL. Come training camp he is going to have to prove that he has picked up the defense so that he can make plays and work thru traffic. We know this about Hodges that he is a high character, high motor defender with excellent cover skills for a LB.
    I can’t wait till training camp.