Although it remains somewhat unclear as to why it's taken the two sides so long to come to this agreement, it has seemed inevitable since late March when it was reported they were "close to a deal" that Bowman would, ultimately, be a Giant in 2014. And now, pending a physical, that's exactly how things will shake out.
Bowman will join a revamped Giants secondary that has also seen the additions of fellow cornerbacks Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Walter Thurmond III and the return of Trumaine McBride. The team also has Prince Amukamara — a projected starter — and depth cornerbacks such as Jayron Hosley and Charles James, who took the addition of Bowman as a challenge.
Just because they not giving me a chance doesn't mean I'm not gonna take one #LoveBeatingTheOdds— Charles James (@ShutDownCB1) March 31, 2014
The 29-year-old Bowman started in seven games for the Bears last season when top cornerback Charles Tillman went down with an injury. In all 16 games played, Bowman had 48 total tackles with three interceptions; one of which was returned for a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns.
The former fifth-round pick (2008) also offers the Giants a little versatility as he, too, can contribute on Special Teams — an area of emphasis for the Giants throughout free agency thus far.
Terms on the one-year deal were not immediately released.
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