EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Minnesota Vikings have reportedly finally added a piece to their beleaguered and undermanned secondary.
Multiple reports say Minnesota has signed cornerback Zackary Bowman on Monday to a one-year, minimum-salary deal with no guaranteed money. Bowman, 27, played all 16 games last season for the Chicago Bears, starting once, and had 15 tackles. A fifth-round draft pick by Chicago in 2008 out of Nebraska, Bowman’s best season came in 2009 when he started 12 of his 16 games and had 66 tackles, six interceptions and 10 pass deflections.
Coming from the Bears, Bowman is well-versed in the Cover-2 style preferred by Vikings coach Leslie Frazier.
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After choosing to go through the first two weeks of free agency without a major signing at cornerback, Minnesota could look to also build the position through the draft. The Vikings cut Cedric Griffin three days before free agency stared. Antoine Winfield, coming off a season-ending injury, and Chris Cook, who was acquitted of domestic abuse charges, are seen as the starters.
Asher Allen, Brandon Burton and Marcus Sherels were the only cornerbacks on the active roster at the end of last season that are still with the team.