Jets Make Contract Offer To CB K'Waun Williams

The 49ers have signed former Browns cornerback K'Waun Williams, 25, who spent his first two seasons with Cleveland before sitting out of the National Football League past year with an ankle injury. Williams reportedly had four offers to choose from, but chose to head out to the bay.

Ian Rapoport of reported Tuesday the 49ers inked Williams to a one-year deal and "had their eye on him for a while". However, after a unusual series of events involving an ankle injury and talk about early retirement, the Browns suspended then released Williams before the 2016 season began.

After the Browns released Williams, who sat out the exhibition opener, he had bone spurs removed from the ankle as part of a surgery performed by Dr. Robert Anderson on October 31 in Charlotte, N.C. He did not play in 2016.

Williams, an undrafted free agent, was with Shanahan, then the Browns offensive coordinator, in Cleveland in 2014. He compiled 69 tackles, including two sacks, eight passes defensed, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery for the Browns.

Williams wants the Browns to pay him the money he would have made had he spent last season with the franchise, plus the cost of his surgery.

San Francisco defensive backs coach Jeff Hafley was the Browns secondary coach in 2014 and 2015 when Williams was with the team.

According to Darryl Slater of, the New York Jets-along with three other unidentified teams-offered Williams a contract before he signed with San Francisco.

Williams could compete with a group that includes Will Redmond for the starting nickel corner role.

The Bears claimed Williams off waivers, but the move was voided after he failed his physical.



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