49ers Free Agent to Sign $7 Million Deal With AFC Contender: Report


    Evan Engram is tackled by K’Waun Williams (No. 24) and Fred Warner during a September 27, 2020 road 49ers game in New York.

    Looks like K’Waun Williams will be bolstering someone’s secondary in 2022, but it won’t be with the San Francisco 49ers.

    The free agent nickelback, long considered a key free agent priority for the 49ers during this March free agency cycle, is closing in on signing with the Denver Broncos, which was first reported by Mike Kaye of the Pro Football Network on the afternoon of Tuesday, March 22.

    And details of Williams’ deal? A two-year one worth up to $7 million.

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    Williams’ Value & Presence on the 49ers

    Williams spent four seasons with the 49ers, but established himself as a prominent nickelback option.

    In his last two seasons in the Bay, Williams swatted four passes and delivered a combined 74 tackles including 57 solo stops. He also delivered four interceptions in his five seasons with the 49ers per Pro Football Reference.

    Pro Football Focus listed Williams as the 108th best free agent available in their March 16 rankings, citing his ability to play top-down in zone coverage and shooting through gaps in the run game as his primary strengths.

    “You don’t want Williams in a defense consistently asking him to stick with receivers in single coverage, but he’s an effective slot option in a zone-heavy defense that asks him to get downhill on underneath passes and be an above-average run defender for his position,” PFF wrote.

    The 30-year-old Williams will be heading to a place that not only has Russell Wilson as the incoming starting quarterback, but he’ll rejoin his former 49er teammates D.J. Jones and Tom Compton.

    This story will be updated.

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