The Raiders are already set at linebacker, but the team could be thinking about adding another player to its LB corps. Who might that be?
— Steve Corkran (@CorkOnTheNFL) June 17, 2013
Bishop was released by the Packers on Monday. Obviously, Bishop, like Charles Woodson, is somebody whom Reggie McKenzie is very familiar with from his Green Bay days. But the potential interest goes beyond that.
The Raiders want to be able to play out of both the 4-3 defense and the 3-4. And Bishop has experience playing in the latter with the Packers. While the Raiders’ linebacker group is indeed crowded, it wouldn’t be absurd for Oakland to have Bishop as a 3-4 specialist who only plays when that unit is on the field.
It’s doubtful Bishop, who has local ties from playing at Cal during those glorious Nate Longshore years, wouldn’t be able to help out the Raiders. Granted, he missed all of last season because of a ruptured hamstring (he’s OK now) but posted 166 tackles and 8 sacks in 2010 and 2011. The Raiders could use that type of veteran production on their revamped and untested defense.
First, though, Oakland needs to hope he clears waivers, at which point he’ll become cheaper and affordable. The Raiders will have competition, though, most likely from the Chiefs and Vikings.