NOTE: This story has been updated with a report from the Detroit Free Press’ Dave Birkett.
A week ago, it was reported that the Detroit Lions were the first to visit with free agent cornerback K’Waun Williams. According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, the highly sought after cornerback left Detroit last Tuesday without signing an agreement. At the time, it was not clear whether the Lions had offered him a contract or not. Instead, it appeared Williams was going to go through all of his scheduled visits, including meetings with the 49ers, Jets, Dolphins and Vikings.
However, according to CSNBayArea.com, the Lions did offer Williams a contract, as did the 49ers, Jets and Dolphins. Per the same report, Williams is scheduled to meet with the Vikings on Wednesday.
Williams is a hot commodity due to his success in his first two years with the Cleveland Browns. Over that time, Williams had 77 tackles and 10 passes defended in 26 games after going undrafted in 2014. However, after a strange series of events involving an ankle injury and talk about early retirement, the Browns suspended then released Williams before the 2016 season began. The Chicago Bears attempted to claim him off waivers, but he failed a physical and surgery ended his 2016 campaign.
Now it appears Williams will weigh all of his options before making a decision on his future. The Lions could certainly use his help, as Williams was developing into an excellent nickel cornerback before last year’s drama. The Lions’ starting nickel cornerback last year, Quandre Diggs, took a significant step back in production in 2016 and then suffered a torn pectoral, ending his season early. When the Lions’ depth was tested after the injury, Detroit’s already weak secondary looked even worse.
Williams will likely take his time to make a decision, but at the moment, it appears the Lions are still in the running.
UPDATE: Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press is reporting in direct contrast to CSN’s story. Birkett says the Lions are not currently in the mix for Williams:
Lions are not currently in the mix for K'Waun Williams. https://t.co/351A3r2UGa— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) February 21, 2017
Birkett said he didn’t have any details as to whether Williams was offered a contract or not. But for the time being, it looks as if the Lions are not in the race for Williams or, at the very least, not actively pursuing him at the moment.
UPDATE 2: According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Williams will be signing with the 49ers:
Source: Former #Browns CB K’Waun Williams is signing with the #49ers. They’ve had their eye on him for a while. It’s a 1-year deal.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 21, 2017