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Bears Claim Underrated Former Browns CB K’Waun Williams

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Bears Claim Underrated Former Browns CB K’Waun Williams

The waiver wire can occasionally yield gold for teams, and the Bears may have found some in former Browns cornerback K’Waun Williams.  Williams was an undrafted rookie from University of Pittsburgh  that only made Cleveland through a tryout, which was surprising since they had already drafted Justin Gilbert and Pierre Desir that year, but, per Pro Football Focus, he was their best cornerback in 2014.

He first appeared against the Titans in Week 5, in which he made some key plays down the stretch that helped them get the win.  After that week, he played well in limited snaps and ended with a 1.06 Yards per Coverage Snap allowed, per PFF, which was 29th in the league.  While this wasn’t terrible, especially from an undrafted rookie, there is room for improvement, and the upside is there despite a small sample size and only standing in at 5’8.

It’s surprising he was cut from a team that’s trying to employ a moneyball-like roster strategy, since Williams is a high quality cornerback for his price.  His salary may have actually been the reason, however: per, Tramon Williams almost has a $7 million cap hit, along with Justin Gilbert’s $3.5 million cap hit.  The Browns want to keep as many good corners as they can, but may have been forced to keep Gilbert and Tramon Williams purely because of their cap hit and salary and the roadblocks of cutting them.  K’Waun Williams‘ contract was a measley $500k cap hit.

No matter what the motive, the Bears have to be happy they found someone like this off the waiver wire for such a thin secondary.  He should slide right into the starting nickel spot immediately and has the potential to move up even further in the depth chart if Kyle Fuller continues to underwhelm the coaching staff.  When the news broke of his signing, I had never heard of him, but K’Waun Williams is a player all Bears fans should become familiar with.  He has a lot of upside and should really help out this weak secondary.

Undrafted rookie CB Kevin Williams was cut to make room for K’Waun Williams.