The Green Bay Packers are reportedly on the verge of releasing linebacker Desmond Bishop from his contract, after failing to find the 28-year-old a new team.
Bishop, who has been with the Packers since becoming a sixth round draft pick in 2007, has 292 tackles, nine sacks and an interception in his five year's with the franchise, and signed a new four-year, $19 million deal back in January 2011.
But after spending the 2012 season as an injured reserve, following a knock sustained in a pre-season game with the San Diego Chargers, the Packers have decided Bishop's recovery from surgery on his hamstring will take too long.
Green Bay were believed to be attempting to find him a new team, but with none believed to be interested the Packers are willing to release him rather than negotiating a pay cut.
With Bishop having been unable to participate in organised team activities this summer, the Packers believe he is unlikely to be fully healthy in time for the new season.
The franchise are not short of options in the inside linebacker position, and despite showing flashes of being a difference-making player in his early career, Green Bay have decided Bishop no longer has a part to play in their side.
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