The free-agent signings of tight end Martellus Bennett and tackle Jermon Bushrod addressed needs on offense. Defense remains a work in progress with the loss of Nick Roach to Oakland and Geno Hayes to Jacksonville and yet-inconclusive talks with Brian Urlacher, after the signings of tackles Henry Melton and Nick Collins.
The Bears turned some attention to special teams on Friday by concluding a one-year deal of Zackary Bowman, who also puts another cornerback in place on the depth chart behind Tim Jennings and Charles Tillman. The Bears also have Sherrick McManis under contract and have hopes of re-signing veteran Kelvin Hayden.
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Bowman was a fifth-round pick by the Bears in the 2008 draft and has played in 57 games with 16 starts over five seasons. His 11 special-teams tackles last season in 11 games tied for second and he recovered two fumbles, one for a touchdown, in addition to breaking up two passes in limited play on defense.
Bowman signed a one-year contract with the Minnesota Vikings last Mar. 26 but was waived after the first game and rejoined the Bears several days later.