One of the highest priorities for the Minnesota Vikings this off-season, was to add depth and talent to their secondary. On Monday it appears they did just that, with the addition of CB Zack Bowman.
Bowman will be going into his 5th NFL season, after spending the past four seasons with the Chicago Bears. He is a former Nebraska Cornhusker, who went in the 5th round, back in the 2008 draft. He only played one game his rookie season, but had a good sophomore campaign, totaling 55 tackles, with 6 interceptions.
From all accounts, Bowman was in line for a starting in position with the Bears in 2010, but ended up being a reserve, while playing special teams.
Free agency continues at the same pace it has been for Minnesota, slow. GM Rick Spielman acknowledged recently that the Vikings will not be putting all their stock into one or two big names. Spielman seems to believe in quantity over quality when it comes to free agents, or loading up on a lot good players, rather than a few great players.
Zack Bowman is a very low risk signing, that has potential to pay off this season in Minnesota. There is more upside than down. He’s only 27 years old, and hopefully is out to prove a point after not seeing much time at cornerback the past two seasons. For some guys, all it takes is getting a chip on their shoulder to take them to the next level.
The bottom line is that Bowman adds depth in the secondary, he’s affordable, and any production from him, will just be a bonus.
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