According to ESPN's Adam Schefter on Twitter:
Green Bay signed linebacker Desmond Bishop to a four-year $19 million contract extension.
This would seem to indicate Bishop has a future as a starter in Green Bay. As for what the Packers will do with the rest of their inside linebackers remains to be seen.
A.J. Hawk is scheduled to make a salary in the neighborhood of $10 million next season, which I can't imagine the Packers honoring. Hawk may agree to re-structure his contract, or the Packers may cut him allowing Hawk to shop his services elsewhere.
Given Bishop's contract extension, Hawk may feel he's the odd man out and want a guaranteed starting spot somewhere else.
However, with Nick Barnett coming off another season ended on injured reserve, there's no guarantee he's going to return to form either. Right now it's hard to say which direction the Packers may go at inside linebacker.
Cheesehead TV's Brian McIntyre says teams had until 4 p.m. last Saturday to apply any money toward an uncapped season. So the question now becomes, did the Packers actually sign Bishop before then in order to save money on future salary caps?
We'll update the situation as more information becomes available.
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