Bowman drew interest from at least two other teams after a standout season on special teams. A fifth-round pick of the Bears in 2008, Bowman has played his entire five-year career in Chicago.
The Bears did not re-sign Bowman, who had a team-high six interceptions in 2009, following the 2011 season. He lost his starting cornerback job to Tim Jennings in early 2010 and seemed to fall out of favor after a rough outing against the Green Bay Packers at the end of the 2011 season.
Bowman hit the free-agent market and eventually signed with division rival Minnesota before the 2012 season. He made the Vikings' initial 53-man roster as their last defensive back, but a day after the final rosters were set, Bowman got cut when Minnesota brought in another defender to take his place.
The Bears re-signed Bowman on Oct. 16.