Fans of the Minnesota Vikings have been waiting weeks for the team to announce the signing of another linebacker. Ever since the team failed to select a middle linebacker in this year’s draft, there’s been tons of chatter on who would play the position. Erin Henderson is currently penciled into that spot, but many have questioned whether it was the best move for the team to put him there. Now everything has changed, as the Vikings have come to an agreement with the recently released Desmond Bishop.
The veteran linebacker was cut by the Green Bay Packers last Monday, in what seems to be more house cleaning for the defending NFC North champs. Bishop missed all of last year with a hamstring injury, but he did start 25 games over the prior two seasons.
Now it’s just a matter of where Bishop will start with the Vikings. The most logical spot is MLB, and then Henderson can move back to his normal position on the weak side. It’s not that Henderson couldn’t handle the middle, it’s just that the team will benefit more with him at his natural position.
Bishop is still only 28 years old, and if he can stay healthy and produce, he could become a long-term option for Minnesota. Terms of the agreement are not yet available, but it figures to only be a one or two-year deal. Either way, this is a no-lose situation for the Vikings. If Bishop can stay on the field and get back to his 2011-form, this signing could prove to big a big steal.
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