One of the players that has been a big factor in the Packers ability to brace for the storm of injuries has been Desmond Bishop. Bishop is a thumper inside, an Inside Linebacker that will come up and deliver a blow whereas Hawk and Barnett just make the solid tackle. As a fan watching the Packers Bishop looks, and has looked, like by far their most physical linebacker and has for a few years.
Good sign by the Packers. Bishop, along with Tramon Williams, is another young, now proven, veteran that the Packers have locked up early.
ESPN is reporting the Packers have re-signed Packers to 4 year 19 million.
Earlier Tuesday, we noted the Green Bay Packers have lost a stunning 203 starts this season to injury but still made the playoffs as the NFC’s No. 6 seed. Linebacker Desmond Bishop is one of the big reasons why.
Bishop replaced the injured Nick Barnett in Week 5 and more than held his own as a starter over the Packers’ final 12 games, unofficially finishing the regular season with 103 tackles. He has played well enough to figure as a long-term starter at one of the Packers’ two inside linebacker positions, and Tuesday the Packers provided strong evidence that they are thinking the same thing.
Bishop agreed to a four-year contract extension worth $19 million, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. That deal sets him up to replace either Barnett, who is due about $6 million in 2011, or A.J. Hawk, whose current contract balloons to $10 million next season.
With a wild-card playoff game looming Sunday at Philadelphia, the last thing the Packers want to start talking about is next season. But locking down Bishop was inevitable when you take into account general manager Ted Thompson’s philosophy of developing depth, and future starters, from within. More often than not, the Packers take care of their own.