Packers working on a new deal for LB Desmond Bishop

Cornerback Tramon Williams might be the next player to get a big contract extension from the Green Bay Packers.

But he might not be the next to earn a new deal. Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports that the team has held preliminary talks with the representative for linebacker Desmond Bishop, who has stepped up since Nick Barnett was lost for the season with a wrist injury.

Bishop has started the last five games and he’s played well enough as an inside linebacker for the team want to ensure he’s part of the future.

“It’s kind of an ever-changing landscape, but they’ve made it clear they want him back, and Desmond would like to be back. Each week is kind of an audition for him, and they probably feel more and more comfortable,” agent Blake Baratz told Demovsky.

Bishop is third on the team in tackles and he’s been assignment-sound.
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“He’s been in a situation where he’s been wanting to get on the field and get his opportunity, and he’s taken the approach that this is my opportunity and my chance to show that I deserve to be out there,” defensive coordinator Dom Capers said, per the report. “Certainly by what he’s done, he’s proven that. He’s made big plays in every game, and I think he’s been fairly consistent.”

Bishop is a sixth-round draft pick in 2007, a testament to the scouting and player development being done by the Packers. Williams was an undrafted free agent, and he’s a priority for the Packers. Whenever he receives his deal, it could top $7 million annually.

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