You do the math here. After getting released by the Green Bay Packers, inside linebacker Desmond Bishop says he’s more motivated that ever. He’s also visiting the Minnesota Vikings today.
“This is definitely a motivating factor. For several reasons, moreso I think than anything in my entire career,” Bishop said. “Just from the standpoint of actually being cut. You figure it’s going to happen to everybody eventually at some point in their career, but I felt like I was the type of player who can go out on their own time.
“There’s something about being released that’s definitely going to add another chip to my shoulders. It’s motivation. It’s nothing negative about this whole situation. I think it’s all part of the plan, and I have to keep playing it out. I think it’s going to be good. I think all that is going to help me reach my goal.”
As history has proven, the Vikings are happy to recycle the Packers trash. Of course, we wouldn’t really put Bishop in the trash category.
General manager Ted Thompson apparently has.
There were reports the Packers would ask Bishop to take a pay cut if they couldn’t trade him. That never happened.
“No, they didn’t. It was more of, they were going to release me if they couldn’t trade me. And if there was nothing else out there for me, then we could talk (about coming back).”
There certainly will be something else out there for Bishop, who was one of the team’s best defensive playmakers before missing last season with a hamstring injury.
So now Bishop will probably end up tormenting the Packers twice each season while shoring up one of the Vikings’ weakest positions.
All because, what? The Packers didn’t want to pay him $3.3 million this season.
Awesome move, Ted.
For what it’s worth, here was what will prove to be Bishop’s farewell tweet.
So much fun, so many memories & friendships forged in Green Bay. Ups & downs, wins & losses! Even a XLV championship. Forever grateful #Pack
— Desmond Bishop (@Desbishop55) June 17, 2013
Classy. But it will look less classy when he signs with the Queens.