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Miami Dolphins sign veteran cornerback Zack Bowman

Buffalo Bills wide receiver T.J. Graham (11) can't reach the ball on a pass under pressure from New York Giants cornerback Zack Bowman (31) in the second quarter of the Pro Football Hall of Fame exhibition NFL football game Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, in Canton, Ohio.
Buffalo Bills wide receiver T.J. Graham (11) can't reach the ball on a pass under pressure from New York Giants cornerback Zack Bowman (31) in the second quarter of the Pro Football Hall of Fame exhibition NFL football game Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, in Canton, Ohio. AP

The Dolphins on Monday signed free agent cornerback Zack Bowman, a valuable role player for the New York Giants and Chicago Bears who might get a chance to start in Miami.

Bowman 30, visited with the team Monday and passed his physical. The contract is for one year. He has started just 16 games the past five seasons but has been effective when on the field.

Last year, he led the league in completion percentage against, allowing a catch just once every 18.6 snaps in coverage, according to Pro Football Focus. By way of comparison, Brent Grimes surrendered a catch every 10.2. Bowman did have a tendency of getting beat deep, however. He allowed 19.3 yards per reception.

Bowman would presumably compete with Jamar Taylor to become the other boundary corner opposite Grimes. Brice McCain, who signed with the team early in free agency, would likely be the nickel in this scenario.

The Dolphins have made clear they want to add depth in their secondary. They have set up predraft meetings with top corner prospects Trae Waynes, Jalen Collins and Kevin Johnson. But by signing Bowman, it could free them up to target a receiver in the first round, filling perhaps the team’s other top need.

Bowman, who played at Nebraska, was a fifth-round pick in 2008.

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