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Report: Ex-49ers corner Williams visits Chiefs on Monday

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49ers' K'Waun Williams

The 49ers reportedly will face some additional competition for K'Waun Williams' signature this offseason.

Williams is set to visit the defending AFC champion Kansas City Chiefs on Monday, NJ.com's Mike Kaye reported Sunday, citing a league source. 

The slot cornerback hit the market as an unrestricted free agent at the start of the NFL's new league year last week. Williams appeared in eight games with the 49ers last season, recording four passes defensed, a forced fumble and 22 combined tackles.

The New York Jets, now coached by former 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, had "done their homework" on signing the Williams as of a week ago Sunday, according to The Athletic's Connor Hughes.

The 49ers agreed to a one-year contract with Jason Verrettre-signed Dontae Johnson to a one-year contract and signed Emmanuel Moseley to a two-year extension last week, ensuring some continuity in the secondary. Richard Sherman remains unsigned, while Williams continues to explore his options. 

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Rookie L'Jarius Sneed emerged as the Chiefs' primary slot cornerback last season, posting a better Pro Football Focus grade (72.9) than Williams (66.2) in 2020. Cornerbacks Bashaud Breeland and Antonio Hamilton became free agents last week, though, so Kansas City could use some depth in the secondary. 

 

It's certainly possible Williams made an impression the last time he played against his most recent reported suitor. Williams recorded six combined tackles against Kansas City in the 49ers' Super Bowl LIV loss just over a year ago, finishing tied for third on San Francisco in the game.

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