Here’s another draft-day shocker: According to Daniel Jeremiah of NFL Network, the Green Bay Packers are “actively shopping” inside linebacker Desmond Bishop.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 27, 2013
From a purely football standpoint, such a move would seem to run counterintuitive to what the Packers have attempted to accomplish this offseason. Bishop, one of the team’s most physical players, would appear to add a thumping linebacker back into the Packers’ front-seven in 2013.
Of course, that’s assuming Bishop is healthy.
The 28-year-old linebacker tore his hamstring in late August of last season and was placed on season-ending injured reserve.
Back in late February, agent Blake Baratz told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that Bishop was “85-90 percent,” and with the expectation that he would be get cleared for minicamps and OTAs. After extensive rehab, Bishop’s goal now is getting strength back into his lower half.
Shopping Bishop now could be a sign that his recovery is either behind schedule, or the Packers don’t think he’ll be the same player once he returns. Bishop is also owed almost $7 million over the next two seasons.
Finding a trading partner might be difficult, however. Any team dealing a pick for a player coming off a serious injury would have to be confident in that player’s recovery. The injury would also keep the Packers from getting fair-market value for a player that was an impact defender before the injury.
Overall, I’m skeptical the Packers will end up dealing Bishop. But the idea that Green Bay is shopping him now suggests a hiccup in Bishop’s return for 2013.