The NFL's free agency period may have slowed to a crawl as teams get ready for the NFL Draft in a couple of weeks, but that does not mean there are not free agent visits and signings still to happen. The Miami Dolphins on Monday will visit with free agent cornerback Zack Boman, according to multiple media reports. (Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post appears to have beat the rest of the contingent to the report by one minute, with the Palm Beach Post's Hal Habib, South Florida Sun-Sentinel's Chris Perkins, Miami Herald's Armando Salguero, and ESPN's James Walker all sending their tweets within 60 seconds of each other.)
Boman has spent seven years in the NFL after being selected in the fifth round of the 2008 Draft by the Chicago Bears. He has worked primarily as a special teams player, but has made appearances as a deoth cornerback, as well as picking up occassional starts when needed. He has played in 89 games over his seven seasons, with 28 starts. He has a career stat line reading 198 tackles, 12 interceptions, one interception return for a touchdown, three forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries, two recoveries for touchdowns, and 26 passes defensed. He spent the 2014 season with the New York Giants, playing in all 16 games with five starts, recording two interceptions during the season.
Boman seems to fit the analytics side of football, a direction the Dolphins are going this year, with the Miami Herald's Adam Beasley pointing out:
Per @pff, Bowman was strong in coverage last year, leading the league in catches per snaps in coverage (once every 18.6).— Adam Beasley (@AdamHBeasley) April 13, 2015
The Dolphins currently have Pro Bowl cornerback Brent Grimes on one side of the defense, and free-agent addition Brice McCain likely manning the nickel cornerback role. Third-year corners Jamar Taylor and Will Davis are both coming off injuries and have yet to prove they can stay healthy for a full season and are ready to man the boundary opposite Grimes. A veteran signing could push the two younger players if they want to live up to their potential.
Miami could also look to add a cornerback in the Draft, which begins at the end of the month.