The news surfaced around breakfast time Monday. The Vikings, on Day 13 after the free-agent marketplace opened, finally had signed a defensive player from outside Winter Park.
His objective: to help upgrade a Vikings secondary that spent most of 2011 held together by chicken wire and bubble gum, allowing more than four times as many touchdown passes as it collected interceptions.
Now enter Bowman, still young, still promising, plenty capable of becoming a solid player in the system of new defensive coordinator Alan Williams.
Bowman's upside? For starters, he's got good size at 6-1 and 196 pounds. Plus, he's instinctive and quick, and in his second NFL season in 2009, he led the Bears with six interceptions.
The Minnesota Vikings will also receive two fourth-round selections in next month's NFL draft as compensation for losing Sidney Rice and Ray Edwards in free agency last year, the team announced Monday. The picks will be the 33rd and 39th in that round, giving the team 10 total picks in the draft -- three in the fourth, two in the seventh and one in each of the five other rounds.
The draft will begin April 26. The Vikings have the third pick overall.