Zack Bowman fits Vikings FA profile

PALM BEACH, Fla. -- On Sunday, we told you the Minnesota Vikings were committed to a slow and deliberate rebuild of their depleted secondary. General manager Rick Spielman said he was focused on the draft for "our top-of-the-line, blue-chip players" and would continue to search for "value" players in veteran free agency.

We saw another example of that Monday morning when the Vikings agreed to terms on a one-year deal with former Chicago Bears cornerback Zack Bowman, who never regained his starting job after being benched early in the 2010 season. Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com has the story. Bowman intercepted six passes as a starter in 2009, and in truth there isn't much risk in hoping that a fresh start will turn his career around.

Those of you who are protesting the Vikings' offseason approach probably won't change your mind based on the pursuit of castoffs from division rivals. But Bowman is the paradigm of a "value" free agent: one who has some upside and doesn't require much, if any, financial commitment. And like it or not, that's how the Vikings are moving forward.