Zack Bowman (No. 38) celebrates his touchdown vs. the Cardinals in week 17.
The Chicago Sun-Times' Sean Jensen reports that the Bears have agreed to terms with cornerback Zack Bowman on a one-year contract:
Zack Bowman is headed back for a sixth season with the Bears, according to a league source.
Bowman will be signing a one-year deal.
ESPN Chicago's Jeff Dickerson adds that the deal is for the league minimum:
CB Zack Bowman agrees to one-year minimum deal with #Bears. @seankjensen first to report.While I was upset the Bears lost an underrated player in Nick Roach to the Raiders today, I'm happy to see the Bears were at least able to get an underrated player in Zack Bowman to return, and at the league minimum salary.
— Jeff Dickerson (@ESPNChiBears) March 15, 2013
Bowman, 28, was drafted by the Bears in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft, and has played in 58 games for the Bears, with 16 of those games being starts at cornerback.
In 2009, Bowman started 12 games at cornerback for the Bears, and even intercepted a team-high six passes. With great size at cornerback at 6'1", 196, to go with the playmaking skills he flashed in 2009, the Bears thought Bowman may be starting opposite Charles Tillman at cornerback for years.
But, Bowman struggled early in 2010 and lost his starting job to Tim Jennings (and that's certainly worked out okay for the Bears). Bowman would get another chance to start at the end of the 2011 season against the Packers, but again struggled, and signed with the Vikings as a free agent before the 2012 season. Then the Vikings released him before he even played in a game, and he signed back with the Bears on October 16th.
Bowman would go on to have 11 tackles, two fumble recoveries, two passes defended, and returned one of the fumbles for a touchdown. He was very, very impressive on special teams, and should be one of the Bears key contributors there in 2012. Additionally, he's a fine No. 4 or 5 cornerback capable of playing nickel back, dime back, and playing on the outside if Tillman or Jennings were to get hurt.
Really, for the minimum salary, there's no reason to dislike this move.
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