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Report: K’Wuan Williams goes back to the 49ers after meeting with Chiefs

Williams reportedly visited the Chiefs this week.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, March 24, 10:03 a.m. Arrowhead Time

After meeting with the Chiefs, defensive back K’Wuan Williams is going back to San Francisco on a one-year deal, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.


Report: Chiefs meeting with free-agent slot cornerback

Posted: March 22, 8:30 a.m.

The Kansas City Chiefs will meet with free-agent cornerback K’Waun Williams on Monday, according to Mike Kaye of NJ.com.

Williams, 29, first entered the league as an undrafted free agent with the Cleveland Browns. A dispute about an ankle injury eventually led to his departure from the team, and Williams did not play a down in 2016 before landing with the San Francisco 49ers.

Williams served the 49ers from 2017-20 by playing more than half the team’s defensive snaps — mostly as a nickel cornerback. As has been asked of Chiefs defensive backs since Steve Spagnuolo arrived in 2019, Williams can play all over the field. His versatility would be considered a fit.

At the time of this writing, Bashaud Breeland and Antonio Hamilton are still unrestricted free agents. As we saw during Breeland’s suspension to start the 2020 season, perhaps the Chiefs intend to move second-year cornerback L’Jarius Sneed to the outside while bringing in another player to primarily man the slot. Sneed certainly appeared to hold his own on the outside early in 2020 — and on occasion as the season progressed.

In 77 career games (38 starts), Williams has compiled 249 tackles (194 solo), 23 passes defensed, three interceptions, 10 forced fumbles, 10 quarterback hits and 6.0 sacks. Against the Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV, Williams had six tackles.