Desmond Bishop says Giants, Jaguars and Niners also among interested teams
Desmond Bishop visited the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday, on the heels of a workout with the Minnesota Vikings on Wednesday after being cut by the Green Bay Packers earlier this week. But during an interview on SiriusXM NFL Radio Thursday, Desmond Bishop said the Jaguars and New York Giants are also interested in his services. Although Desmond Bishop added the San Francisco 49ers in his list of teams, there doesn’t seem to be any serious interest with the San Francisco 49ers set at inside linebacker.
“The Giants and Jacksonville,” said Desmond Bishop. “The Giants and Jacksonville are the next two that are interested.
“Actually, the Niners called but of course, you know, they’re kind of set over there,” added Desmond Bishop. “I appreciate their interest in me regardless. But the Giants, which is a real good situation, and Jacksonville as well.”
The addition to Desmond Bishop’s potential landing spots suggests that he isn’t quite sold with the any of the offers made by teams up to date. Its’ not really a surprising development considering the market for veteran free agents has dried up considerably this offseason. Furthermore there have been health concerns regarding Demsond Bishop, who missed the entire 2012 regular season after suffering a hamstring injury in the preseason.
The Green Bay Packers released Demsond Bishop on Monday after both sides failed to reach an agreement on a pay cut for this upcoming season. Demsond Bishop was scheduled earn a $3.464 million base salary in 2013. However, Desmond Bishop claims he is now 100 percent and has been taking the complete workout with teams to “prove” that he can move, cut ad jump without any kind of limitations.
"I felt like I've been living in an MRI machine the last couple of days," Bishop said. "Just been getting MRIs, doctors getting scans, they've been filling me up and making sure everything is good and strong. So far so good."
"I've been getting great feedback and I feel really good," continued Desmond Bishop.
Although the Kansas City Chiefs haven’t officially confirmed Desmond Bishop’s visit yet, his workout with the Minnesota Vikings doesn’t ring any alarms regarding health issues.
"Good workout. We'll see. We're doing our due diligence in terms of bringing guys in that are free agents. The neat thing is, I don't have to make those decisions,” said Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Alan Williams regarding Desmond Bishop’s workout. “I just have to coach them once they get here. Coach Leslie Frazier and (general manager) Rick Spielman, they're the ones that make those hard decisions."
But Desmond Bishop understands that after missing last season, he can’t expect a huge offer from teams across the league since there is the still need to prove himself again. Desmond Bishop acknowledged that for the most part he’s been receiving one-year deals at the moment.