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Desmond Bishop | Linebacker

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (31) / 7/24/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 244
College: California
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49ers re-signed LB Desmond Bishop to a one-year contract.
Signed in late December, Bishop appeared in two games for the 49ers after being waived by the Cardinals. Four months shy of his 31st birthday, the former Packers starter will fight for a spot on special teams. Mar 31 - 2:02 PM

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Free agent ILB Desmond Bishop will visit the 49ers on Monday.

Bishop only saw the field twice last season, mostly playing on special teams. The Niners are desperate at linebacker after losing Patrick Willis and Chris Borland to sudden retirements, so even a backup like Bishop is worth a look. The 30-year-old signed with San Francisco late last season after getting cut by the Cardinals.
Mar 29 - 8:08 AM

49ers signed ILB Desmond Bishop.

Bishop's services are needed with stud rookie ILB Chris Borland (ankle) in doubt.
Tue, Dec 16, 2014 12:15:00 PM

Cardinals waived ILB Desmond Bishop.

Signed in October, Bishop had yet to be active this season. On the wrong side of 30, Bishop isn't likely to latch on elsewhere down the stretch.
Mon, Dec 1, 2014 02:12:00 PM

Cardinals re-signed ILB Desmond Bishop.

Bishop spent three weeks on Arizona's roster this summer, but was released ahead of Week 1. At 30 years old and coming off injuries the past couple seasons, Bishop is merely a replacement-level talent. He'll chip in on teams.
Wed, Oct 1, 2014 11:19:00 AM

Cardinals released ILB Desmond Bishop.

30-year-old Bishop lasted just three weeks with the Cardinals. He's no longer needed with Kevin Minter (chest) healthy.
Sat, Sep 6, 2014 04:47:00 PM

Cardinals signed ILB Desmond Bishop, formerly of the Vikings.

He's their latest inside linebacker flier after Ernie Sims predictably didn't pan out. Bishop, 30, is several years removed from his prime, but is a more natural fit at ILB in Arizona's 3-4 than Sims ever possibly could have been.
Thu, Aug 14, 2014 11:01:00 AM

ESPN Vikings reporter Ben Goessling expects free agent LB Desmond Bishop to move on.

Goessling points out that Bishop has had more season-ending surgeries (two) than starts (one) over the last two seasons. The latter surgery was to repair a torn ACL, something 30-year-old players often struggle to return from. Bishop is going to have to accept a non-guaranteed one-year deal and prove himself in camp somewhere.
Source: ESPN
Thu, Feb 20, 2014 10:20:00 AM

Vikings placed LB Desmond Bishop (torn ACL) on injured reserve, ending his season.

The reserve outside linebacker went down in Sunday's loss. Bishop ends 2013 having played just 29 snaps. Signed to a one-year, $850,000 deal in June, he'll be a free agent at season's end. Going on 30, Bishop should be close to 100 percent for next summer's camp, but is obviously going to have a hard time getting a deal.
Mon, Oct 14, 2013 01:41:00 PM

Vikings LB Desmond Bishop is done for the day in Week 6 with a knee injury.

It looked serious. Bishop's snaps have been limited this year after the Vikings signed the ex-Packer in late June. We suspect he'll miss extended time.
Sun, Oct 13, 2013 02:14:00 PM

Vikings LB Desmond Bishop didn't play a snap in Week 1 against the Lions.

The Vikings' starters are Erin Henderson (MLB), Chad Greenway (SLB), and Marvin Mitchell (WLB). Bishop has not earned defensive playing time and is a strict backup. The Vikings signed him to a one-year, $850,000 deal in June.
Mon, Sep 9, 2013 01:22:00 PM

Desmond Bishop still hasn't won the Vikings' starting weak-side linebacker job.

"As we speak, Marvin Mitchell is still our starting (weak-side 'backer)," coach Leslie Frazier said Monday. Bishop played well in August, but may still be learning Frazier's defense. To open the season, the Vikings will likely use MLB Erin Henderson and SLB Chad Greenway as their two linebackers in the nickel.
Mon, Sep 2, 2013 05:52:00 PM

Coach Leslie Frazier confirmed LB Desmond Bishop's roster spot is in jeopardy.

Bishop left last week's preseason opener early due to groin pull. That came on the heels of questions about his health after tearing a hamstring in 2012. "So much of this is about how he plays over the next two weeks," Frazier said. "Or if he's not available because of his injury. I can't say it any simpler than that." When active, Bishop has been backing up Marvin Mitchell at weak-side linebacker.
Tue, Aug 13, 2013 11:12:00 AM

There are "no visible signs" of the torn hamstring that wiped out Desmond Bishop's 2012 season.

A week into camp, Bishop is showing burst on blitzes, moving well and hasn't missed a day of work. He's running behind Marvin Mitchell at weak-side linebacker for now, but won't have trouble winning that job or either of the other two linebacking spots if he sustains health.
Thu, Aug 1, 2013 08:59:00 AM

Desmond Bishop opened training camp as the Vikings' first-team strong-side linebacker.

It was widely presumed Bishop would man the middle after the Vikings inked him in June, but they're giving Erin Henderson a shot to lock down "Mike" 'backer duties. Chad Greenway, typically a strong-side linebacker, will play on the weak side now if the new lineup sticks. There may be more shuffling in camp.
Thu, Jul 25, 2013 04:21:00 PM

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