Originally posted on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 6/17/13
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Desmond Bishop understands why the Green Bay Packers decided to release him Monday afternoon. As Bishop worked his way back from a torn hamstring that sidelined him for the entire 2012 season, the 28-year-old inside linebacker "kind of saw the writing on the wall." Though Bishop hoped he was wrong, the Packers parted ways with their leading tackler from the 2011 season. "I think it was just a result of a few factors," Bishop told FOXSportsWisconsin.com. "From a business standpoint, as the Packers organization, I could see the logic (in being released). It was a business move. I'm kind of the odd man out this time." In Bishop's absence last season, Brad Jones got a chance to step into the starting lineup in Green Bay's defense and performed well. So well, in fact, that the Packers signed Jones to a three-year, 11.75 million deal in March. Green Bay also restructured the contract of 16-game starter A.J. Hawk to a reduced amount this offseason, leaving Bishop a bit vulnerable. "Just from looking my perspective, why would you pay three guys a significant amount of money when only two can play," Bishop said. "Why do that? They (Jones and Hawk) both had a good year. That's my logic with it." Bishop was scheduled to earn 3.46 million in 2013 and 3.52 in 2014 as part of the four-year deal he signed in 2011. The Packers never discussed a contract restructuring with Bishop, instead opting to just release him. While the Packers will only have 800,000 of that count against their 2014 cap space, Bishop is now an unrestricted free agent and can sign with any team. Bishop's first stop will be Tuesday with the Minnesota Vikings. "In my heart, I think I'll always be a Packer, even if I never play for the Packers again," Bishop said. "Right now, it's a little difficult, it's a little weird thinking about dressing up in a different uniform. But, it is what it is." Bishop wants to make it perfectly clear to the Vikings and the number of other teams that he said have already shown interest in signing him: He is healthy and completely recovered from the hamstring tear that he suffered in August 2012. Bishop did sit out during Green Bay's offseason training activities and minicamp practices, but that was not related to his previous injury. "I think it's a big misconception going around about the reason I didn't participate, but it wasn't about my surgery," Bishop said. "That's 100 percent healed. That was my tendon. That's healed. But what happened was I strained my hamstring; a slight strain on the inside. That is what held me out. That's a couple-week injury with treatment. Getting that strong, that's not even a factor anymore. It's been several weeks where I've been running and working. "If training camp was tomorrow, I'd be a full participant." Follow Paul Imig on Twitter
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