Vikings planning to conduct workout for Desmond Bishop on Wednesday
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The Minnesota Vikings search for a middle linebacker appears to be ongoing.
Desmond Bishop, who was released by the Green Bay Packers on Monday, told ESPN Wisconsin that he will visit the Vikings on Tuesday. An NFL source told 1500 ESPN that Bishop actually will workout for the Vikings on Wednesday.
The Vikings lost starting middle linebacker Jasper Brinkley to Arizona in free agency and have been using Erin Henderson in the middle during Organized Team Activities. Henderson was the Vikings' starting weak-side linebacker last season and played the middle at times in the nickel defense.
If Henderson plays the middle on a full-time basis, it not only forces him to learn a new position, but also means that backup Marvin Mitchell or fourth-round pick Gerald Hodges (Penn State) likely would have to start on the outside.
Bishop's release did not come as a surprise.
There were reports last week that the Packers wanted to either restructure the 28-year-old's contract or they would release him. Green Bay also explored the option of trying to trade Bishop, who was taken in the sixth round of the 2008 draft.
Packers general manager Ted Thompson reportedly informed Bishop on Monday that he would be released from a four-year, $19 million contract extension he agreed to in January 2011.
In five seasons with the Packers, Bishop had 292 tackles and nine sacks. He took over as a starter for the Packers about halfway through the 2010 season.
Bishop's 2012 came to a quick end when he suffered a torn hamstring in the Packers' preseason opener against the San Diego Chargers on Aug. 9.
The Vikings, who open their three-day mandatory minicamp on Tuesday at Winter Park, have a history of signing former Packers. That list includes Brett Favre, Darren Sharper, Ryan Longwell, Robert Ferguson and Javon Walker.
The most recent former Packer to join the Vikings roster is wide receiver Greg Jennings, who signed a five-year, $45 million ($17.8 million in guarantees) as a free agent in March.