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Can Desmond Bishop Help the Vikings?

You can scratch another name off the list of available free agents. Just little over a week after being released by the Green Bay Packers, and less than a week after visiting the Minnesota Vikings, Desmond Bishop has signed with his former rivals in Minnesota.

Ian Rapoport broke the news of Bishop’s signing with the Vikings on his Twitter account at noon on Monday. As per his tweet, the deal is for one-year and according to it carries a value of $1.5M.

Former #Packers LB Desmond Bishop has agreed to terms on a one-year deal to join the #Vikings, source confirms

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 24, 2013

This signing isn’t all that surprising. The Vikings showed interest in Bishop almost immediately following his release from Green Bay and had him visit their facilities only days later. Bishop would leave Minnesota without a contract following his first visit, and fielded interest from the Jaguars, Giants and Chiefs in the following days; there just wasn’t enough mutually to deter him from the Vikings.

For the Vikings this fills what has been their most glaring positional need since the beginning of this offseason: middle linebacker. The club was expected to switch Erin Henderson, who had been a willbacker up to this point in his career, to the mike position, but such a move is no longer necessary. For his part, Henderson had been optimistic about adjusting to playing in the middle and even expressed his desire to hold down that position.

Apparently his enthusiasm wasn’t enough to convince Vikings brass. Then again, Bishop could just as easily play as the willbacker, it’s just not all that likely.

This move all but solidifies the Vikings front seven as one to be reckoned with. With Bishop rewarding the Vikings patience with the free agent market, they have little in the way of roster deficiencies. Great news in the ultra-competitive NFC North.

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