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CB Zackary Bowman Agrees to Deal

The Vikings have finally made their first move this offseason in the secondary. According to sources, the Vikings have agreed to deal with free agent cornerback Zackary Bowman on a one year deal. The deal is a minimun deal with no guaranteed money according to The Chicago Sun-Times.

Bowman(6’1-196 lbs) who played for the Bears, has started 16 games in his career and his best was in a promising 2009 when he notched 6 interception in 12 starts. Since than Bowman was benched and never re-gain his 2009 form or became a full time starter again. Bowman has experience in the Cover-2 and provides the Vikings with depth in a position that ran thin last year due to injuries.

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20 Responses to “CB Zackary Bowman Agrees to Deal”

  1. SDViking says:

    Low risk, high reward for a guy that performed very well in his rookie season (3 years ago).

    Also good to have another CB over 6 feet to help Cook w/ Johnnson, Jennings, and Marshal. I like this signing.


    • Lost Viking says:

      Viking were after Chris Carr at CB but Carr was looking for closer to $ 2 million.

      Zack Brown wasn’t on any of the top FA lists. I have only slight recollection of Zachary Brown being a Bear liability in that porous secondary. So this seems to be another of Spielman’s cheap, bargain basement signings. He’s saving a couple of bucks not signing Carr… Then there’s Spielman comment this weekend about having no urgency to sign secondary free agents. The comment seemed intended as a slap at some of the Free Agent safeties and their representatives.

      At the same time Viking are reportedly considering Morris Claiborne for the secondary. This seems inconsistent. Vike play Tampa 2 System and aren’t about to invest in top player talent. Just insert any 6th, 7th or street Free Agent and then teach them Tampa 2 system and backfield will be able to stop Cutler, Rogers and Stafford. In the Tampa 2 we trust. Why invest in a Claiborne?

      Signing a backup cornerback is hardly not the same thing as a top flight Safety or drafting a 1st round CB. Maybe we’ll get lucky and Zachary Brown is a better player than I recall but so far the Alan Williams experiment doesn’t seem to be paying dividends.

    • Randy Perrin says:

      I think you hit it right on SD. Low risk, high reward signing. Has good size for the corner position and will get a chance to compete while there’s no guarantee for a roster spot.

  2. SDViking says:

    Lost, good analysis. Do you remember Brown though in 2008? He was a rookie and made some pretty nice plays on his way to a good rookie season. I’m of the opinion that its better that you get a guy that you know can do well than a guy that has never performed well. Therefore the “upside” is justified and there is tangible proof that he can produce.

    That being said, you are spot on when speaking of him the past two years. He’s been terrible. But I was talking to a Bears fan today and he said that it was largely due to being in Smith’s doghouse. Apparently Brown’s play was really inconsistent. The difference between him and our secondary last year? Our secondary was consistently TERRIBLE. Am I saying he’s going to be a great signing? No. But I am saying that I like the risk.

    I also don’t buy the Claiborne talk. Walterfootball makes a compelling point that Tampa 2 defenses never draft Corners that high. I couldn’t agree more. I also would be VERY upset because we need to protect Ponder. Drafting anyone other than kalil with that third pick would be ridiculous and outright foolish. Now if we trade down, that is a different story.

    Alan Williams, lol

    Any word on Hawthorne? And where did you hear the Vikes were going after Carr?


  3. jo says:

    Wow… this is bargain basement signing at its best.
    asante samuel is out there Philly said they would trade him.
    Just because the team is rebuilding, doesn’t mean give up and do nothing

    • Randy Perrin says:

      Samuel doesn’t fit in the Tampa 2 that doesn’t require blue chip players. He has great play making ability but is one of the worst tackling corners in the NFL. He’s 31 and slated at $9.5 million this season…just don’t see it happening nor do I think it should happen.

  4. WTF Sielman says:

    well spielman has to have a screwloose…Why sign mister irrelavent…hes not even gunna make it, with our secondary..We need decent players…not this crap shoot…our secondary is gunna get us killed again obviosly..pick up some decent players for crist sake

  5. Vikadan11 says:

    People dont get it and I dont know why not ~ Rick is going to build through the draft and the Wilf’s gave the OK ~

  6. SDViking says:

    I don’t think anyone understands what a Tampa 2 is. Depth is what matters people, we don’t need ELITE.

  7. jo says:

    Lets just sign some guys to be in the highlight films with calvin johnson and brandin marshal.
    Does you guys really think these bargain guys are going to cover the elite receivers in the nfc north?
    We may as well spot these teams at least 2tds through the air.
    We need one shutdown corner back… at least

  8. SDV says:

    Jo. Tampa 2’s secondary runs a type of zone defense. Not man to man. A shut down corner would be a waste of money, all we need is a corner that can tackle.

    I’m not saying we had any (healthy ones anyway) last year, I’m just saying we don’t need a Revis type of corner. It would be nice, but that’s not the way a tampa 2 defense works. The corners cover the first 15 yards and limit big plays, the safeties cover their halves of the field from there on out.

  9. jo says:

    Sdv. tampa 2 works well if you can get pressure with your front four.
    plus it ties up safeties.
    It would be nice to be able to play man on man without getting smoked

  10. jo says:

    To play tampa 2 your front four have to dominate the line otherwise you will give up 5-10 yrds per down.
    its a bend but not break mentality.
    basically its prevent defense but if schemed properly you will give up big chuncks of yardage

  11. jo says:

    i meant if schemed improperly …………damn cell phone typing

    • SDViking says:

      K you changed your argument. Now you are saying we should employ a different defensive scheme. I think that would be a terrible idea given the personel we have.

  12. jo says:

    not changing argument….our defense isnt capable of giving different looks because we dont have the personnel. We are often exploited because of lack of schemes.
    Teams know we have to put 2or 3 guys on their best player.
    For that reason i like claiborn at #3

  13. SDViking says:

    I really hope you are not Rick Spielman.

  14. jo says:

    If i were Rick Spielman i would trade the #3 pick for 7 practice squad players and 2 guys who were on injured reserve for that last two years.

  15. Rick Coffey says:

    You know, I could live with Spielman not drafting a CB until the mid to late rounds (IF) he were to pick up a monster DT to replace Ayodele. opposing QB’s can’t exploit our weak secondary if they are on the ground. If Spielman could put a legitimate threat in place of Ayodele, it would bolster the efforts of Robison, Williams, and Allen, and then henceforth, the secondary would be nearly 50% better.

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