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McCarthy: Bishop Will Be The Starter

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McCarthy: Bishop Will Be The Starter

Packers head coach Mike McCarthy made it clear to Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that when it comes to the inside linebacker position, the Packers have at least one spot set:

Although contractual factors loom large at the position, the Packers enter the off-season with Bishop as the starter at one of the two inside positions and with A.J. Hawk  and Nick Barnett competing for the other berth in both the 3-4 base and 4-2 nickel defenses.

"Correct," coach Mike McCarthy  said at the NFL scouting combine. "Given the full opportunity to play, I thought Desmond had a heck of a year. You always saw it in spurts. He's probably the most instinctive guy in the defensive front seven."

Hawk is due a $10 million base salary that becomes guaranteed whenever the first day of the new league year occurs (which could be anywhere from this Thursday to sometime in September or beyond, depending on the outcome of the standoff  between the NFL and the players union over the Collective Bargaining Agreement) and the player who's injury opened the door for Bishop, Barnett, is coming off his second stint on injured reserve in the last three years.

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Chad Toporski's picture

Pretty much just confirmation of what we've been thinking. Now I think it all comes down to what happens with AJ Hawk's contract.

Josh's picture

Bishop and Hawk seemed to have good chemistry on the field together, I would expect hawks contract to get done no problem...trade Barnett to free up some money for Jermichael

ZUB's picture

Pretty much makes Hawks options clear. Hawk knows with a healthy Chillar he is going to split time or even end up in situations where doesn't play at all. Hawk will seek a team that will start him and play all 4 downs.

IMO this seals Hawk's fate.

andrew's picture

completely disagree.. you might be right.. but IMO chillar needs to be traded.. seriously.. TRADE CHILLAR! i want to make a petition for it.. cant stand the bum...

and barnett is honestly over the hill.. bishop definitely seemed to like having hawk next to him.. i think they have good chemistry i think we would be better of resigning hawk and trading chillar and barnett nd drafting.. CASEY MATTHEWS!! sike but drafting a MLB.. maybe casey.. i wouldnt mind

Nerdmann's picture

Yessssss!

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