Redskins sign Bowen to offer sheet

Restricted free agent safety Matt Bowen signed a four-year, $6 million offer sheet today with the Washington Redskins, Bowen's agent said.<p>

The Packers have a week to decide whether to retain Bowen by matching the Redskins' offer, which includes a signing bonus of $1.6 million. Green Bay would receive a sixth-round draft pick from the Redskins if it allows Bowen to leave. The pick is commensurate with the round in which Bowen was originally selected in the draft.

Agent Jack Bechta said he had been given no indication by the Packers what they plan to do, according to a report in the Washington Post.

Bowen, 26, visited Redskins Park today. The Redskins envision him as a starting safety, but he was relegated to backup duty in Green Bay. He would be the 10th player acquired by the Redskins since Friday. The club has signed eight unrestricted free agents and traded for running back Trung Canidate.

Bowen played in all 17 games, mainly on special teams, last season for the Packers and started in six. He was the starter at strong safety during Weeks 4-7 when Antuan Edwards was sidelined with a broken forearm. He started as a ‘dime' back against Minnesota on Dec. 8 and at free safety in the regular-season finale against the New York Jets when Darren Sharper was inactive due to a knee injury.

Bowen had a career-high 15 tackles and two passes defensed in Green Bay's playoff loss to Atlanta. But he also missed a block in the same game that led to a blocked punt and touchdown for the Falcons.

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