Oct 23, 2011; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Green Bay Packers linebacker Desmond Bishop (55) against the Minnesota Vikings at the Metrodome. The Packers defeated the Vikings 33-27. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Desmond Bishop: Facing Aaron Rodgers was Motivation To Sign With Minnesota Vikings


Desmond Bishop has bolstered a strong linebacking corp for the Minnesota Vikings. It also means he’ll face the team that let him walk twice a season.

“It was part of the reason,” Bishop told “NFL AM” on Tuesday. “And if I can get a chance to play against Aaron Rodgers, I think that right there, in itself, is a motivation. You know, you want to play against the best. … When I was playing for Green Bay, the games I cherished … most was playing against the Vikings, because I had a chance to play against (running back) Adrian Peterson. … That’s my mindset. I want to play against the best.”

Bishop agreed to a 1 year deal with the Vikings on Monday after the Packers cut him. He isn’t worried about the transition from the 3-4 defense that he is used to. And he he also said he was 100% healthy after missing last season with a hamstring injury. While the Packers were dealing with a crowded group of linebackers, his health was probably what drew him the pink slip.

“It was really just a numbers game, I suppose,” Bishop said. “You know, it’s a lot of uncertainty with me coming back off this injury and the two guys who played – A.J. Hawk and Brad Jones – they did a really good job. … Brad was up, so they had to make a move with him, and I guess they went with the sure bet … which is understandable from a business standpoint, so I don’t hold nothing against them.”

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