Chicago Bears Quietly Re-Sign Underrated Special Teams Standout

By Ryan Heckman
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The Chicago Bears have agreed to a one year deal with special teams standout, cornerback Zack Bowman. Bowman was brought back to Chicago last season after they lost Pro Bowl special teams cornerback Corey Graham.

Bowman was originally drafted by the Bears in 2008 as a fifth round pick out of Nebraska. He appeared on a limited basis before earning a few spot starts in favor of some sporadic injured starters. His first career start came in week seven against the Minnesota Vikings and boy was it memorable.

After a punt was fumbled in the end zone for Minnesota, Bowman hopped on top of it for a score. Later in the game, he recorded his first career interception. The game was an exciting one, with many points scored between the two teams. Bowman played like a veteran in his first career start after being called up from the practice squad to help the then injury ridden secondary.

Last season with the Bears, Bowman notched eleven tackles, two fumble recoveries, and two passes tipped. One of those fumble recoveries was returned for a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals late in the year.

With seven career interceptions, two forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and 13 passes deflected, Bowman has done well for himself in a limited role with the Bears. After Chicago started out below average on special teams last year, bringing Bowman back  out of free agency was a very underrated and much needed move for them.

Having let go of two cornerbacks already this offseason in D.J. Moore and Kelvin Hayden, it was imperative to re-sign a ball hawk like Zack Bowman. It may end up being small moves from here on out in Chicago, but that doesn’t always mean they’re meaningless. Chicago is happy to have the special teams stud back.

Ryan Heckman is a Minnesota Timberwolves writer and NFL contributor for Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google

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