Bishop remarked, “I am
looking forward to playing, working hard and having fun for years to
come. My goal is to go out there on every play and be the leader and
playmaker that I know I can be. It feels good to be a part of something
great and with the talent around me, all I have to do is go out and make
Bishop re-joined the
Boatmen mid-way through last season and was an integral part of the Argonauts
advancing to the East Championship. The Kansas State product came off the
bench in the Argos East Semi-Final game versus Winnipeg and immediately threw
two touchdown passes to help catapult the Double Blue over the Bombers in one
of the most thrilling come-from-behind victories in recent Argo memory.
He also came off the bench the following week in Montreal, where he passed for
181 yards and two touchdowns.
Manager/Vice President, Football Operations Adam Rita commented, “We are ecstatic to have Michael
committed for that length of time. He is going to come into training camp
this year with the opportunity to win the starting quarterback job and
regardless of where he is on the depth chart, he is dedicated to helping the
team in any way he can”.
Bishop originally joined the
Argos in 2002 after stints with the New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers
of the NFL. As an understudy to Damon Allen for the majority of his
career, Bishop was thrust into the starting role for the better part of the
second half of the 2004 season after Allen had succumbed to injury. He
led the Argos to a 4-3-1 record while at the helm and was a significant part of
the club’s Grey Cup win over B.C. Following the 2004 campaign, the
215-pound quarterback with unmatched arm strength, showcased his mobility with
the Grand Rapids Rampage of the AFL where he shattered the league’s single
season rushing record, tallying 459 yards on the ground.