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

San Francisco 49ers Interested in Signing LB Desmond Bishop

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Earlier this week, it was reported that Oakland Raiders may have interest in signing free agent linebacker Desmond Bishop, who was released by the Green Bay Packers.

Instead, it’s the team across the bay — the San Francisco 49ers — who are looking into the veteran linebacker.

Desmond went on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Thursday, and said that several teams are interested, noting that the 49ers had called (listen to the interview here).

The other teams are reportedly the Vikings, Chiefs, Jaguars, and Giants.

Bishop 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.

The 49ers are already pretty loaded at linebacker, so Bishop would have to be willing to take a backup role, which makes the chances of him signing unlikely.

However, Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group points out that Bishop used to play for the Packers, who the 49ers face in Week 1 of next season.

I’m sure they would like to sign him for more reasons than to give them a scouting report of the opponent for one game, but it is an interesting thought.

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