The Vikings have finally brought in a free agent cornerback. Specifically, one that fits the Vikings’ mold:
Cheap and young (in that order).
Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago reported Monday that Zack Bowman signed a 1-year contract for the veteran minimum with the Vikings.
This signing fits with every move the Vikings have made this offseason and exactly what Spielman has been preaching all year: build through the draft, add bits and pieces in free agency.
Bowman, formerly with the Bears, looks the part standing at 6 feet 1 inch, 196 pounds. In 2009, he had–by Vikings’ standards–an unbelievable year with six interceptions. However, the 27-year-old was benched three games into the 2010 season and started only one game last season while racking up just 15 tackles.
While it may not be the most exciting signing in Vikings history, it is one that comes with no risk and some potential for a reward. Bowman was brought in to compete, and he may not even make the team. But he could, and if he does, he will be a cheap, young cornerback on a team desperate for depth at the position.
If nothing else, we can take solace in the fact that we stole a backup cornerback from the Bears.