The New York Giants should sign middle linebacker Desmond Bishop.
Last week, the Green Bay Packers released Bishop after the two sides were unable to restructure his contract. The seven-year veteran was set to make $3.464 million this season, but is now a free agent looking for a team.
Bishop was a highly productive player for the Packers last season. He recorded career-highs of 90 tackles and five sacks to go with two forced fumbles.
Following his release, Bishop paid visits to the Kansas City Chiefs and Minnesota Vikings, according to NFL.com. In addition to the Giants, the San Francisco 49ers and Jacksonville Jaguars are also interested in Bishop’s services.
This past offseason, the Giants signed linebacker Dan Connor to a one-year deal while Chase Blackburn signed with the Panthers. Mark Herzlich is considered the frontrunner to start at middle linebacker. Bishop would be an upgrade over Herzlich and Connor.
For now, New York’s top priority is to sign wide receiver Victor Cruz to a long-term deal. In that case, the Giants most likely won’t be able to meet Bishop’s contract demands unless he’s willing to settle for the veteran minimum of $840,000.
Bishop is an impact player that could fill the void left by Blackburn and Michael Boley, who was released in February. It’s not New York’s style to add a player this late in the offseason, but sometimes you have to break the mold to improve your team.