New Viking Desmond Bishop looking forward to facing Aaron Rodgers
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A day after agreeing to terms on a one-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings, linebacker Desmond Bishop said revenge wasn't his main motivation for going to the Green Bay Packers' arch-rival.
Bishop, however, did admit he looks forward to facing Packers Pro Bowl quarterback Aaron Rodgers twice this season.
"A lot of people called and texted, 'You want to get back at the Packers,'" Bishop said Tuesday morning during an appearance on NFL Network. "It's not about that. It's more so trying to play the best and if I can get a chance to play against Aaron Rodgers, that right there in itself is a motivation. You want to play against the best.
"Just like when I was playing for Green Bay, the games I cherished the most were playing against the Vikings because I got a chance to play against Adrian Peterson. So little stuff like that, that's my mindset. I want to play against the best and it was an opportunity to play against Aaron Rodgers two times a year. That was kind of unique and something I really liked, but that's just the kind of person I am. That's just me."
Bishop, who was released by the Packers last week, also received interest from Kansas City, Jacksonville, Baltimore and the New York Giants. Pro Football Talk reported that Bishop agreed to a contract that could be worth up to $1.35 million but at the low end likely would pay $840,000, or the minimum for a player with seven years of experience.
Asked about his choice to join the Vikings, Bishop said: "It was a combination of things, but it just kind of came down to I think it was just the best fit for me. I had the biggest motivation to go there and play. I got a chance to meet with the head coach, Leslie Frazier, and I'm also familiar with Mike Singletary, who coached me coming out of college in one of the All-Star games. I just really felt comfortable there and think it was the best fit for me and my family."