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By: Aj Mansour | KFAN.com
Minneapolis, MN - As reports surfaced yesterday afternoon surrounding the potential tryout status of newly released free agent Desmond Bishop (formerly of Green Bay), the Minnesota Vikings instantly became one of the first teams tied together with the rumors.
As it stands now, Minnesota has little to no experience at the middle (mike) linebacker position after the departure of Jasper Brinkley. For now, former outside linebacker Erin Henderson is in the process of making the transition to the mike, but questions still exist surrounding Henderson's ability to handle the bigger role in the middle of the field.
Desmond Bishop, a six-year veteran, is scheduled to work out for the Vikings Wednesday afternoon and vie for a shot at the starting job. Before missing all of the 2012 season with a hamstring injury, Bishop was coming into his own locking down the middle of a solid linebacking corps in Green Bay. Released by the Packers on Monday, Bishop appears to be the victim of that log jam in the middle and cutting ties with the vested veteran clears a good deal of cap space for the Packers as well.
As for the potential that Bishop would come into Minnesota and steal the spot Henderson has been working so hard for, Erin said Tuesday that he's not too worried.
"It's cool," Henderson told reporters following the first day of Vikings Mini Camp at Winter Park. "I hope it goes well for him and the Vikings like what they see...It's like I said, I'll welcome him with open arms. I'm not really sure what it's about, I'm just employee number fifty and I'm just going to come out here and do what I can do on the field."
Asked if he would be willing to move over to his former position of "will" linebacker to make room for Bishop in the middle, Henderson responded curtly saying, "I'm playing the mike."
Henderson, who has taken 100% of the first team snaps at middle linebacker during the team's offseason programs, says that the Vikings have not approached him at all to discuss the potential of adding Bishop to the mix, but admitted that he understands their interest.
"You definitely need as many good players as you can have," Henderson explained. "You never know what's going to happen throughout the season, you know. The ebbs and flows, the ups and downs. Through 16 games, people get beat up, people get injured they get hurt. It's always good to have people that can come in and play."
For now, Henderson continues to prepare as if he will be the team's starting middle linebacker on opening day in Detroit. Unfortunately for him, it's looking more and more like the Vikings are interested in bringing in a little more competition to see what Henderson is really made of.
Aj Mansour covers Minnesota Sports for KFAN.com. Feel free to leave comments and questions regarding this post in the space provided below. For Vikings updates and breaking Vikings news, follow Aj on Twitter. @AjKFAN