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Packers Extend Linebacker Desmond Bishop

January 4, 2011

In light of an uncertain CBA and the looming threat of a lockout next season, some teams around the NFL have taken a conservative approach by not signing players to contract extensions. The Green Bay Packers are not one of those teams.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Packers have extended the contract of inside linebacker Desmond Bishop. Schefter reports the extension covers four-years and totals $19 million.

The talented fourth-year linebacker out of the University of California finally found his way onto the field this year after an injury sidelined Nick Barnett for the season. Making the most of his opportunity, Bishop put together a superb season, registering 103 tackles, three sacks, two forced fumbles, and an interception. The former Golden Bear’s solid play has been a major reason the Packers’ defense is currently ranked #2 in the league.

Depending on how the Packers view the situation, Bishop’s extension provides either depth or a full house at the inside linebacker position. AJ Hawk ($10 million) and Nick Barnett ($6 million) are both owed sizeable sums next year, and Green Bay must decide if they want to carry all three contracts on their books or cut ties with either Hawk or Barnett.

But that decision can wait until the offseason. Right now, Desmond Bishop and the Packers have their hands full trying to figure out a way to stop Michael Vick and the Eagles’ offense this Sunday.

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