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49ers to sign cornerback K’Waun Williams to one-year deal

The 49ers added cornerback depth to the roster according to Ian Rapoport.

The San Francisco 49ers are close to wrapping up the first transaction of the John Lynch-Kyle Shanahan era. NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport tweeted that the team has signed free agent cornerback K’Waun Williams to a one-year deal. Williams met with a handful of teams, and at least four teams reportedly offered him a contract.

Williams is on the smaller side, standing 5’9 183 pounds. He would seemingly be best suited for a nickel back role. The 49ers have Will Redmond and Keith Reaser to compete for that and dime back work, but the change in coaching staff and front office means nobody is safe.

This is a prove-it deal for Williams. He sat out all last season with an ankle injury suffered during training camp. He eventually had surgery amidst a dispute with the Cleveland Browns over the severity of the injury. They waived him amidst a grievance by Williams demanding the Browns pay for the surgery. The Chicago Bears claimed him, but he failed the physical and ended up a free agent. Ian Rapoport previously reported doctor has since fully cleared him.