We’ve long penciled in 49ers unrestricted free agent cornerback K’Waun Williams to sign with the New York Jets as their new head coach Robert Saleh has raved about K’Waun’s skills in the slot. So much so that Saleh named his slot blitz “shark” after Williams.
On Sunday, Mike Kaye, beat reporter for the Philadelphia Eagles of NJ.com, reported that Williams is flying to Kansas City on Monday for a visit with the Chiefs on Tuesday. Kaye also confirmed what everyone else assumed, that the Jets are interested in Williams’s services.
Williams was a critical piece to the 49ers' success on defense during the past two seasons. He was arguably the top run defender on the team and always found a way to create havoc as a blitzer.
K’Waun is available a week into free agency for a reason, though. He’ll be 30 by the time the season starts and hasn’t played in all 16 games since he entered the league in 2015. This past season, lingering issues forced K’Waun to miss half of San Francisco’s games.
After the season, Kyle Shanahan said that injury history would play a role in who the team decides to sign during free agency. Judging by the team’s available unrestricted free agents, Shanahan is sticking to his word.