COMMENTARY | The Green Bay Packers recently released inside linebacker Desmond Bishop, creating a buzz about which team could be next in line for the six-year veteran's services. According to NFL.com that list is already down to three after a week's worth of visits.
The linebacker did not play in 2012 due to a hamstring injury, so a one-year deal is very likely in this case. Assuming Bishop can return to form, however, he should garner the attention for a long-term contract next offseason.
Bishop's career was on the rise prior to being injured, becoming a starter during the 2010 season when he tallied 71 tackles and three sacks in just 12 starts. He improved on those numbers in 2011, notching 95 tackles and five sacks.
His versatility on the inside plays well in the 3-4 defense, so any team that runs primarily from that set would benefit from a healthy Bishop. Kansas City is the only team out of the trio that does so, which the linebacker is familiar with from his time in Green Bay.
Though his addition would be welcomed by any interested organization, the Chiefs would make the most sense here. And if Bishop's goal is to be a starter this season and to return to pre-injury form, Kansas City offers the best opportunity.
With Derrick Johnson, Tamba Hali and Justin Houston manning the other three positions, inserting Bishop into the starting lineup would transform an already solid linebacking unit into arguably one of the three best in the league.
Both Johnson and Hali are coming off back-to-back Pro Bowl appearances and Houston is on the verge of breaking out after tallying 10 sacks in his first season as a full-time starter in 2012.
Bishop will obviously feel the pressure of picking up where he left off in 2011, but being surrounded by the talent he would be in Kansas City would alleviate some of that and allow him to concentrate on just playing football.
Though the Chiefs might currently offer the weaker organizational profile out of the three teams, what they have done this offseason is largely considered to have distanced themselves from last year's catastrophe -- finishing as the NFL's worst team with a 2-14 record. Bringing in Bishop could help guarantee that happens and would unquestionably heighten the expectations in 2013.
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