Former Chicago Bears' cornerback Zack Bowman will spend his fifth NFL season with a division rival. Bowman, 27, has signed a one-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings.


Bowman was drafted in 2008 and spent his first four years in Chicago. He was a starter, but lost his job in 2010 and has played little since then. His best NFL season came in 2009 when he made six interceptions.

Minnesota allowed a 107.6 quarterback rating from opposing quarterbacks last year according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, but Vikings' cornerbacks Antoine Winfield and Chris Cook missed a combined 21 games last season.

But, in their absence, cornerback Asher Allen impressed the Minnesota coaching staff. If Winfield and Cook can stay healthy, with the emergence of Allen, and the addition of Bowman, the Vikings’ weakness could turn into a strength.

At six-foot-one, Bowman has great athleticism and strength perfect for the Vikings. Minnesota plays a similar defense to Chicago, so the new team should not be a problem for Bowman.