The Green Bay Packers will officially release inside linebacker Desmond Bishop on Monday, according to Ty Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The #Packers will officially release ILB Desmond Bishop today, according to a source. More coming.
— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) June 17, 2013
Dunne’s report comes on the heels of last week’s discovery that the Packers would part ways with Bishop if a trade or contract restructure couldn’t be had. It appears the Packers found no success on either front.
Bishop, who turns 29 in July, is coming off a ruptured hamstring that cost him the entire 2012 season. Lacking medical clearance, Bishop hasn’t participated in any of the Packers offseason workouts, including mandatory minicamps.
When healthy, Bishop was the Packers starting inside linebacker from 2009-2011. However, his injury opened the door for Brad Jones, who moved inside and secured a three-year, $11.75 million deal this offseason. He’ll now be expected to start alongside A.J. Hawk in the Packers base defense.
General manager Ted Thompson has now discarded both Bishop and D.J. Smith, who each suffered a season-ending injury last season.
Behind Jones and Hawk will now be veteran Robert Francois, 2012 fifth-round pick Terrell Manning, Jamari Lattimore and 2013 seventh-rounder Sam Barrington.
So much fun, so many memories & friendships forged in Green Bay. Ups & downs, wins & losses! Even a XLV championship. Forever grateful #Pack
— Desmond Bishop (@Desbishop55) June 17, 2013
Zach Kruse is a 24-year-old sports writer who contributes to Cheesehead TV, Bleacher Report and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He also covers prep sports for the Dunn Co. News. You can reach him on Twitter @zachkruse2 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.