Giants sign Mike Patterson, Zack Bowman

Posted Mar 31, 2014

The Giants have re-signed DT Mike Patterson and signed CB Zack Bowman

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Giants today added to their growing stable of defensive backs and retained a valuable member of their defensive front.

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They signed free agent cornerback Zack Bowman, who played his first six NFL seasons with the Chicago Bears, and re-signed defensive tackle Mike Patterson, who joined the team last year after eight years with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Bowman, 6-1 and 196 pounds, has played in 73 regular-season games with 23 starts and played in two postseason games. His career statistics include 151 tackles (131 solo), 10 interceptions, 19 passes defensed, 2 forced fumbles and 5 fumble recoveries (scoring touchdowns on two of them). Bowman also has 36 special teams tackles.


In 2013, Bowman played in all 16 games for the third time in his career and started seven, his second-highest total. He finished with 49 tackles (39 solo) and three interceptions.

The Giants now have seven cornerbacks with NFL experience – Prince Amukamara, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Walter Thurmond, Trumaine McBride, Jayron Hosley, Charles James and Bowman. They join safeties Antrel Rolle, Will Hill, Stevie Brown, Quintin Demps and Cooper Taylor in the team’s rebuilt secondary.

Rodgers-Cromartie, Thurmond, Bowman and Demps are all newcomers, McBride was a free agent who was retained, and Brown was re-signed after missing the 2013 season with a knee injury.

Patterson played in all 16 games last season for the first time since 2009 and the sixth time in his career and contributed 35 tackles (22 solo). Patterson had four tackles (three solo) in his Giants' debut at Dallas on Sept. 8 and at Carolina on the Sept. 22 and at Kansas City a week later. He made his only start of the season at left defensive tackle vs. his former Eagles teammates on Oct. 6 and had two solo tackles. Patterson had a season-high five tackles (three solo) at Detroit on Dec. 22.


In nine years, Patterson has played in 131 regular-season games with 100 starts and started all seven postseason games in which he’s played. His career totals include 586 tackles (312 solo), 16.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, seven fumble recoveries, four passes defensed and an interception. In the playoffs, he has 43 tackles (26 solo).

The Giants lost one of their starting defensive tackles when Linval Joseph signed as a free agent with the Minnesota Vikings. But they still have their other starter, Cullen Jenkins, plus Patterson, Johnathan Hankins, last year’s second round draft choice, and Markus Kuhn.