The Broncos’ search for a new nickel cornerback could be coming to an end as the team signed seven-year veteran K’Waun Williams to a two-year contract on Tuesday, a league source confirmed.
Williams, 30, had a career-high 648 defensive snaps for the 49ers last season in 14 games (eight starts).
Once the deal is done, Williams will be the favorite to replace Bryce Callahan, who remains a free agent.
Williams’ addition is part of a plan laid out last week by Broncos general manager George Paton, who said his intention was to add “one or two cornerbacks, definitely.”
Williams would slip into the No. 3 cornerback spot behind Pat Surtain II and Ronald Darby and ahead of Michael Ojemudia and Essang Bassey.
Williams played in Pittsburgh in college and entered the NFL with Cleveland in 2014 as an undrafted free agent. He played two years for the Browns (26 games/10 starts, two sacks and 77 tackles), but was cut in August 2016 after coach Hue Jackson suspended him for two weeks following a row with staff at the club. about his physical condition (ankle injury) and recreation.
Williams was claimed by Chicago but then waived two weeks later. He then signed with San Francisco. In five seasons with the 49ers, he started 36 of 65 regular season games and had four interceptions, eight forced fumbles, five sacks and 224 tackles in 2,762 snaps.
In three playoff games last year, Williams had one interception and eight tackles.