ASHWAUBENON - Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson announced the Packers have released linebacker Desmond Bishop.
The move Monday was expected after Bishop and the team couldn't agree on a restructured contract. Bishop was due to make $3.464 million this season after missing all of last year with a hamstring injury sustained in the preseason at San Diego.
Bishop played a key role during the Packers' 2010 run to the Super Bowl title. After starting middle linebacker Nick Barnett was lost for the season in Week 4, Bishop stepped in and started the final 12 games, recording 103 tackles, three sacks, two forced fumbles and one interception which was returned for a touchdown.
The Packers were so impressed with Bishop that they signed him to a 4-year, $19 million deal on Jan. 4, 2011.
Bishop picked up where he left off in 2011, leading the Packers with 115 tackles, while adding five sacks.
Then, against the San Diego Chargers during a preseason game on Aug. 27, 2012, Bishop sustained a significant injury to his hamstring which required surgical repair.
Bishop responded to the release by posting a statement on Twitter: "So much fun, so many memories & friendships forged in Green Bay. Ups & downs, wins & losses! Even a XLV championship. Forever grateful #Pack. "
Bishop, who was drafted by the Packers out of the University of California with one of the team's three sixth-round picks in 2007, played in 69 games with 26 starts during his six seasons in Green Bay. He registered 310 tackles (224 solo), nine sacks, seven forced fumbles, an interception and 13 passes defensed.
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