The Miami Dolphins are not necessarily looking to replace Jamar Taylor or Will Davis this offseason. But reinforce the cornerback corps so as to not have to count on either third-year veteran in 2015?
That's why the Dolphins today are hosting unrestricted free agent cornerback Zack Bowman.
That's why the team is looking at cornerbacks such as college luminaries Trae Waynes, Kevin Johnson, and Jalen Collins (first round possibilities). And Ronald Darby, D'Joun Smith and Byron Jones (second round or later types) are on the team's radar.
Simply, the Dolphins are uncertain about what they can get from either Taylor or Davis going forward because if you look backward, the results have been mixed at best. Both Taylor and Davis have been prone to injury. And when they've been healthy -- rare so far for Taylor -- neither has distinguished himself to any great degree.
Both, entering their third season, still need much honing. But, um, three years is about as much patience as most teams have for early-round picks to show something so the spotlight is on. And in the meantime, the Dolphins are hedging their bet.
Bowman is a solid if not spectacular bet hedge.
He is a 6-foot-1, 30-year-old, seven-year, three-team veteran.
He has started 12 games for the Giants and Bears the past two years and had five interceptions in that time so he is capable of jumping up to the starting 11 in a pinch. He had a short stint with Minnesota also in 2012.
Is he a long-term answer? No.
If the Dolphins offer him a contract, it will likely be a one-year deal. He's a stopgap. He's depth if all goes well and Taylor or Davis or a rookie develop into a starter opposite Brent Grimes.
But if all does not go well, he's a fallback guy.