The Cardinals are without their top two inside linebackers from last season with Daryl Washington suspended and Karlos Dansby in Cleveland, leaving them with Kevin Minter and Larry Foote as starters heading into the season.Arizona may not be totally thrilled with their options in the event that either of those players is forced out of the lineup because they are adding some more veteran depth at the position. Tom Pelissero of USA Today reports that the Cardinals are signing Desmond Bishop.Bishop tore his ACL last October, ending his stay in Minnesota after just four games. Bishop also missed the entire 2012 season for the Packers after a serious hamstring injury, so it has been a while since he’s been at full speed.Should he be healthy enough to get there this summer, Bishop should wind up as a top backup at inside linebacker for Arizona. Ernie Sims, who was trying to earn that role, was recently let go by the team.
Bishop played for the Packers for six years after being drafted in the sixth round in 2007. He started 12 games in place of the injured Nick Barnett in 2010; recording 103 tackles, three sacks, two forced fumbles, an interception, and a touchdown. He spent the 2012 and 2013 on injured reserve with a hamstring injury and then a torn ACL.
The Cardinals' linebacking corps has been a bit of a mess after this offseason to say the least, as last year's starters Daryl Washington and Karlos Dansby have, respectively, been banned for a year and signed with the Cleveland Browns. Washington, similar to Josh Gordon, is facing a year long suspension after violating the league's substance abuse policy for the second time in his career. He was suspended the first 4 games of last season after his first infraction. Dansby played with the Cardinals from 2004 through 2009, then again last season in 2013.
Bishop should provide quality depth to a depleted group of linebackers, and hopefully help Arizona make a run in an extremely tough NFC West.