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Desmond Bishop got $50K guaranteed, max value of $1.35M from Vikings

Desmond Bishop got $50K guaranteed, max value of $1.35M from Vikings

by Tom Pelissero
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The Minnesota Vikings took minimal risk with the deal they gave linebacker Desmond Bishop this week.

According to sources with knowledge of the contract, Bishop received a minimum base salary of $750,000, of which just $50,000 is fully guaranteed.

Bishop can make another $100,000 in roster bonuses and $500,000 in playtime incentives, a source said, putting the maximum value of the deal at $1.35 million.

That would be a bargain if Bishop, who turns 29 next month, rebounds from the hamstring injury that cost him last season in Green Bay and wins a starting job with the Vikings.

The Packers released Bishop on June 17. He had been due a base salary of $3.464 million in 2013, plus $300,000 in per-game roster bonuses and a $200,000 workout bonus.

Sources have said Bishop's position with the Vikings is to be determined, though he figures to compete at both middle and weakside linebacker.

The impact on the Vikings' cap was minimal. They're now $6.862 million under their adjusted cap of $129.793 million, with their three first-round draft picks unsigned.

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