Packers, linebacker Desmond Bishop set to part ways

Wednesday June 12th, 2013

Packers are reportedly set to release Desmond Bishop. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images) Packers are reportedly set to release Desmond Bishop. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Green Bay Packers are set to release linebacker Desmond Bishop unless the two sides can come to an agreement on a restructured deal, reports

Bishop missed all of last season with a ruptured hamstring tendon suffered in the Aug. 9 preseason opener at San Diego and hasn't participated in any of the team’s organized team activity practices this offseason

He was set to make $3.464 million this season after signing a four-year, $19 million extension in January 2011.

“I mean, yeah, somebody’s got to fill in right now. It’s not like my job to say who plays and who doesn’t,” Bishop said after the team’s open OTA practice on May 28. “All I can do is get healthy to (get back to) my full potential and get back out there.

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The Packers also released inside linebacker D.J. Smith, who replaced Bishop in the starting lineup after Bishop’s injury against the Chargers, earlier this offseason. The team re-signed Brad Jones, who took over after Smith went down on Oct. 14 with a season-ending knee injury, to a three-year, $11.75 million contract in March. Based on interviews during OTAs, Bishop wasn’t expecting to be released, even after the NFL Network reported during the draft that the Packers were shopping him.
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