Today, after a few weeks of speculation, the Packers have finally released linebacker Desmond Bishop. Despite the fact that the Ravens linebacking corp is getting a little crowded, I feel like they should look into him.
The Ravens have 3 guys that I think they would feel good about starting right now in Arthur Brown, Jameel McClain and Daryl Smith, but all three of them have serious questions. Brown is a rookie, McClain still hasnt been medically cleared to play football again and Smith spent almost all of last season on IR.
Bishop was also on IR all of last year, but bringing in a 4th guy for the rotation wouldnt be a bad idea. that way the Ravens can lose 2 ILBs and still have 2 starters. before anyone says losing 2 is unlikely, The Ravens lost both of their starters, Lewis and McClain, over the course of last season. Thankfully last year Ellerbe emerged and Ray Lewis returned before the Ravens found themselves in desperate need inside, but it could have easily ended in a first round exit rather than a superbowl championship. Depth is never a bad thing.
Bishop is a bigtime impact player when he is healthy and would be a great addition for the team. It would also allow the Ravens to play a heavy rotation to help all their recently injured players from getting injured again by not pushing them as hard. The Ravens new look defense is all about flexibility and depth, Bishop should be the next step in that process. He shouldnt be very expensive and would likely be open to signing a one or two year deal and then hitting the market at 30 to get one more big payday if he can prove himself to be healthy and able. Bishop and the Ravens could be a match made in heaven.