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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

Oakland Raiders Could Pursue Former Packers LB Desmond Bishop

The Oakland Raiders have done a lot of remodeling this offseason, but they may not be done yet.

The Raiders could have interest in signing former Green Bay Packers linebacker Desmond Bishop, according to Steve Corkran of the Bay Area News Group. 

Bishop was released by the Packers earlier on Monday. He did not play at all last season due to an injured hamstring that he suffered during the first preseason game.

He spent his college years at Cal, and was a Third-Team All-American in 2006 before declaring for the draft that season. He was selected in the sixth round by the Packers, and has been a reliable force on their defensive line.

Bishop took over the starting position in 2010, and exceeded expectations by recording 103 tackles and three sacks in 15 games. His fumble recovery late in Super Bowl XLV helped secure a championship for Green Bay.

He signed a four-year, $19 million deal that offseason and put up his best numbers of his career in 2011. He seemed primed for another solid season in 2012, but unfortunately injuries got in the way.

Bishop, however, insists that he is healthy enough to return and already has a visit lined up with the Minnesota Vikings, per USA Today. 

The Raiders are already pretty loaded at linebacker, adding Nick Roach, Kaluka Maiava, and Kevin Burnett through free agency, as well as drafting Sio Moore.

However, for a team that ranked near the bottom of the league in tackles and sacks last season, more help at the linebacker position sure wouldn’t hurt, and Bishop is a guy who can make an impact.

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