EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Rick Spielman's admiration of Ted Thompson is well-known, with the Minnesota Vikings front office boss appreciating the way Thompson has built the Green Bay Packers over the years.
Coincidentally, it's often led to Minnesota -- and Spielman since he's taken control as the team's general manager -- signing former Packers. The list continues with the news that the Vikings have agreed to terms with former Green Bay linebacker Desmond Bishop on Monday on a reported one-year deal. Bishop follows in the footsteps of Darren Sharper, Ryan Longwell, Brett Favre, and Greg Jennings this year by making the jump across the border.
There's been a theme for all of the Packers-turned-Vikings, though. They've often filled a big need in Minnesota.
Bishop's arrival immediately should upgrade the Vikings' linebacker corps. Outside linebacker, or inside if Bishop starts and plays in his most familiar spot, has been open since free agency began and ...