Our nightmare comes to fruition today, apparently. The Green Bay Packers have told linebacker Desmond Bishop they’re going to release him, according to the Journal Sentinel.
I’m now officially sick to my stomach.
The Packers were reportedly trying to trade Bishop, but apparently they failed (for the second time). There was word they would also try to restructure his contract, but there was really no benefit to the scenario for Bishop, who was set to make $3.464 million this season.
Someone will surely snatch Bishop up quickly once he’s released, much like the Chargers jumped on D.J. Smith, another linebacker the Packers released earlier this offseason.
Bishop’s biggest sins are easy to identify — he missed all of last season with a hamstring injury and Ted Thompson didn’t draft him No. 5 overall. Neither of those things are his fault and Bishop actually said he’s back to 100 percent a few weeks ago.
Before getting injured, Bishop was the Packers best inside linebacker. In 2011, he had 115 tackles, five sacks and two forced fumbles in 13 games.
Clearly, the Packers don’t need that sort of production around.