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Desmond Bishop to sign 1-year deal with 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers have added some depth at inside linebacker.

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The San Francisco 49ers will be bringing back one more of their own free agents. Matt Barrows is reporting Desmond Bishop will sign a one-year deal with the team. Bishop signed with the 49ers on December 16 and got some action in the final two games of the season. Bishop was originally a sixth round pick of the Green Bay Packers in 2007. He spent six seasons with the Packers, and then spent a season with the Minnesota Vikings, and part of the 2014 season with the Arizona Cardinals.

Bishop will compete for a depth position, but odds are his best shot at a roster spot will be on special teams. Michael Wilhoite would appear to be the front-runner to start opposite NaVorro Bowman. Of course, as we saw this past season, such a role for Bishop does not preclude him ending up in the starting lineup at some point. The team likely will look at some draft options at inside linebacker, and they still could sign Lance Briggs or Erin Henderson. All three visited with the 49ers in the last few days.

If you had to project into Week 1, do you see Wilhoite and Bowman in the starting lineup? Assuming everyone stays healthy (not an easy assumption for 49ers fans), do we see something different?