In 2011, Desmond Bishop was one of the best players on a Green Bay Packers team that went 15-1. And, 2011 wasn't all that long ago.
Bishop had 115 tackles and five sacks in just 13 games for Green Bay in 2011. He was just 27 years old. Now, he's just trying to restart his career on a one-year deal with one of the Packers' division rivals.
The NFL moves along fast, and Bishop is a pretty good example of that.
Pro Football Talk reported that Bishop's deal with the Vikings was for one year and up to $1.35 million. That's "up to," so Bishop has some work to do to get to that figure. Pro Football Talk said it's likely his base salary is $840,000, the minimum for a seventh-year player.
Again, about 11 months ago Bishop was one of the most productive inside linebackers in the NFL. Then he got suffered a ruptured hamstring tendon last preseason. Now he's trying to prove himself all over again, and picked the Vikings as the best place to restart his career.
Bishop was cut by the Packers this month, which was a sign they just didn't want to pay a player who missed all last season with a serious injury. They're gambling Bishop won't be the same player he was in 2010, when he had 103 tackles for a Super Bowl champion, or 2011. It's not like the Packers have a ton of great options at inside linebacker. Brad Jones and A.J. Hawk are solid inside, but not exactly Willis and Bowman. Yet, the Packers were fine saving Bishop's $3.464 million base salary and letting him walk to the team that finished second to Green Bay in the NFC North last year.
Bishop could re-emerge as a very productive player, either at middle linebacker in Minnesota's 4-3 or on the outside if the Vikings decide to keep Erin Henderson in the middle. He has the talent to pull that off. But Bishop's career arc serves as a reminder that being on top of your game in the NFL isn't exactly permanent. It can all change pretty quickly.
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