The Miami Dolphins dipped their toes into the free agent cornerback market yet again this year, signing former New York Giant and Chicago Bear Zack Bowman to a contract, the team announced on Monday. The length and terms of the deal are not yet available.
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Bowman, a fifth-round pick of the Bears in 2008, spent six years in Chicago and 2014 with the Giants. In New York, he played in all 16 games and totaled 24 combined tackles, two interceptions and six passes defensed. On his career, he has 12 interceptions and 27 passes defensed along with 198 combined tackles.
Bowman joins Brent Grimes, Will Davis and Jamar Taylor atop the Dolphins’ cornerback depth chart. Even if he does not earn himself a starting job this summer, he should still have a role to play, both on defense and on special teams. Bowman totaled four special-teams tackles last year, according to Pro Football Focus (subscription required) and appeared on both kick and punt coverage units.
Given that Bowman signed a one-year deal with the Giants last year worth $795,000, the signing should be high on value and low on cap impact for the Dolphins. The Dolphins had over $15 million in remaining cap space (including money allocated to this year’s rookie class) before signing Bowman, so there is clearly still room for the Dolphins to make other veteran additions should they so choose.
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