GLENDALE, Ariz. — Desmond Bishop is back in the NFL.
The Arizona Cardinals have signed the inside linebacker – and 2002 Fairfield High graduate – to a one-year contract.
Bishop, entering his eighth NFL season, played in four games for the Minnesota Vikings last year, one as a starter, before his season was ended by a knee injury. He spent his first six NFL seasons with the Green Bay Packers.
“I’m definitely confident, but the thing about it is, I don’t really want to talk about it,” Bishop told azcardinals.com. “I just want to go do it. A lot of it is, ‘How do you feel?’ I say, ‘I feel great. I’m strong, still quick.’ There’s no way you can simulate a football game. If it’s basketball, you can go anywhere in the country and go shoot around at the gym. In football, there’s no simulation for it. The only way to do it is to do it.”
In 2011, Bishop had a career-high 142 tackles, 109 solo, and five sacks. He started on the Packers’ Super Bowl championship team in the 2010 season. For his career, Bishop has played in 73 games, 23 as a starter, with 318 tackles, 230 solo, nine sacks, seven forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one interception.
Bishop has played both inside and outside linebacker. Coach Bruce Arians says the Cardinals will use him as an inside linebacker.
“He is a guy we have had our eye on for a long time,” Arians told azcardinals.com.
Bishop is Fairfield High’s all-time leading rusher with 2,407 yards and led the Falcons to the 2001 Sac-Joaquin Section Division I title game.
He later starred at City College of San Francisco and the University of California before being selected in the sixth round of the 2007 draft by the Packers.
Bishop had eight tackles, six of them solo and three for loss, as well as a key fumble recover in Green Bay’s 31-25 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV.
However, he later missed the team’s visit to the White House because he had left his ID on the team plane.
According to azcardinals.com, Bishop feels his experience will be a plus as he gets acclimated to his third NFL team in three years.
“The defense is similar to what I’ve learned over my career,” Bishop said. “I think that puts me ahead of the curve a little bit. Knowing offenses and knowing the ins and outs of football, it helps me tremendously.”
Daily Republic Sports Editor Paul Farmer contributed to this report. He can be reached at 425-4646, ext. 264, or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pfarmerdr.