K’Waun Williams left Kansas City without a deal, which was good news for the 49ers. The Niners, Chiefs, Lions, and Jets were all among teams interested in signing San Francisco’s star slot cornerback. On Wednesday morning, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that Williams is returning to the 49ers on a one-year deal.
Williams does a little bit of everything for the Niners defense. He’s arguably the team’s best blitzer and run defender. With Williams back in the fold, that means the defense has their starting secondary intact: Jason Verrett and Emmanuel Moseley starting on the outside, with Williams in the slot and Jimmie Ward teaming up with Jaquiski Tartt at safety.
Is it safe to say we can cross cornerback off the list in the first round? I think so, based on the money Moseley and Verrett received. That’s another position of need we no longer have to worry about, at least in the first round. The team could stand to add a cornerback they could develop later on in the draft.
On Monday, Tartt told the media he was in constant contact with Williams and had been recruiting him to return to the Bay Area. Jaquiski said that he felt San Francisco was the best spot for Williams, who, evidently, felt the same way.