Despite some initial excitement that perhaps the Raiders would take a swing at some attention at potentially Willis McGahee and Desmond Bishop as Reggie McKenzie has some cap space to work with and could add to a team that is essentially a clean slate going into 2013 with a new head coach in Dennis Allen.
However it seems that Desmond Bishop will ultimately have other plans as he visited with the Vikings this week in an attempt to stick it to his old team. He will visit the Raiders AFC West rivals in Kansas City as he pays a visit to former Packers front office member John Dorsey, the new GM at Arrowhead. After his visit he will make his decision, ignoring interest from the Jacksonville Jaguars according to a report by the USA Today.
The Vikings were impressed with Bishop’s visit and workout when he came to Minnesota this week. “Good workout,” Vikings defensive coordinator Alan Williams told reporters. “We’ll see. We’re doing our due diligence in terms of bringing guys in that are free agents. The neat thing is, I don’t have to make those decisions. I just have to coach them once they get here. Coach Leslie Frazier and (general manager) Rick Spielman, they’re the ones that make those hard decisions.”
Kansas City is being tapped to have a great chance of winning the Bishop sweepstakes due to Dorsey’s connections with the Packers, but the Chiefs don’t have that much cap room and do not promise the chance for revenge that the Vikings due being the Packers hated NFC North rivals with a longstanding reputation of employing bitter former Packers. Bishop would be competing with Erin Henderson for the Vikings middle linebacker spot if he signed in Minnesota, but the 27 year old would have his best chance at a Super Bowl if he went to join the Adrian Peterson Show.
It seems that the Raiders are not interested in adding Bishop. Reggie McKenzie has a lot of cap flexibility for this year and even more assumed room for 2014 and if he was to add a multi year contract for a veteran he would have to be sold on him as adding veterans is not something that will aid his rebuilding process. Still if the Raiders think they have the tools to be competitive, it wouldn’t hurt to bring in some veterans to add depth and winning experience into the team like they did in bring Woodson back. It seems that Bishop will be choosing between the Vikes and the Chiefs. For the sake of the Raiders odds in the AFC West, lets hope Bishop wants revenge more than teaming up with a former front office guy of his old team.