ESPN insider Adam Schefter is reporting that the Packers have signed ILB Desmond Bishop to a four-year, $19 million contract extension. Due to be a free agent at the end of the season, Bishop has proven to be a valuable commodity for the Packers, very effectively replacing the injured Nick Barnett at one of the team's two ILB spots.
Bishop finished the regular season as the Packers' second-leading tackler behind fellow starting ILB A.J. Hawk with 103, despite playing only 15 regular-season games and starting 12. He also registered three sacks for 23 yards in losses, a pair of forced fumbles and eight pass breakups.
The way we see it
Bishop had obviously come a long way as far as the Packers’ front office was concerned after starting the season perceived as an inconsistent reserve with excellent talent but a penchant for mistakes. But he couldn’t have done a better job replacing Barnett, whose future with the team might be a bit shaky as a result.
Rewarding Bishop now will also only serve to further motivate a player who has established himself as a key cog in one of the league’s best defenses.